Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

How The Soaring U.S. Debt May Save Obamacare

While policy wonks analyze the political challenges of repealing Obamacare millions of Americans who rely on it to help pay for lifesaving medical treatments are panicking How The Soaring U.S. Debt May Save Obamacare
Ron Matthews | 06 January, 2017, 12:56

Meanwhile Senate Republicans have already introduced a budget resolution that would unravel large pieces of the Affordable Care Act with a majority vote.

Yet health-care costs in the US, already the highest in the industrial world, have increased rapidly for years despite repeated efforts to contain them.

The budget resolution contains so-called reconciliation instructions, directing committees to dismantle Obamacare as part of reconciling taxes and spending with the budget blueprint - and to report back to the budget committee by January 27.

Trump and GOP leaders in Congress have said they intend to come up with a replacement plan, but have not yet formally proposed one.

Obama met with Democrats on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to chart out a plan to save Obamacare.

The urgent question Republicans must grapple with now is how they will go about replacing what they repeal.

2016's Person of the Year: Donald Trump
Michigan's partial recount did reveal voting irregularities, but only in Detroit where Hillary won 95 percent of votes reported. Talk about dreaming! The reason Trump won the election was because many of his voters believed Hillary would be worse.

He said that his conversation with the Senate GOP was "inspiring" and looks forward to "making America great again" in 16 days upon Donald Trump's inauguration. Republicans, who will control both Congress and the White House in 2017, condemn it as a government overreach.

"The Affordable Care Act is a lot more popular than President-elect Trump would like us all to believe, and our Republican colleagues believe as well", Crowley said.

In light of his announcement, Obama is doing all he can to protect ObamaCare, which he and other Democrats have argued could be improved but should not be repealed.

"It happens to be one of the strongest assets", Trump said about the pre-existing conditions provision in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" shortly after winning the election.

Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law warn that repealing the sweeping legislation without having a plan to replace it could strip millions of Americans of their insurance and threaten the stability of the country's individual insurance market. The bill would allow people to buy insurance across state lines, allow people to have an association health plan, and would expand health savings accounts.

The Senate hopes to move toward beginning debate on the budget resolution sometime next week, but they're still far from agreeing on how long they want to delay the repeal of the law for or what aspects of Obamacare may remain in place.

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