U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today released legislation as part of House Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace Obamacare through a budget process known as reconciliation. The legislation, part of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act, creates a new and innovative Patient and State Stability Fund to help low-income Americans afford health care and to repair the damage done to state insurance markets by Obamacare. Additionally, the legislation lays out a plan to responsibly unwind Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion while prioritizing the program’s funds to the most vulnerable through a per capita allotment.
The Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a markup of this legislation on Wednesday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. EST.
CLICK HERE to read the entire bill, which includes legislative recommendations from the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.
CLICK HERE to read a section-by-section of the Energy and Commerce legislation.
More than eight months ago, House Republicans unveiled A Better Way, our vision for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centers, 21st century health care system.
On January 13, the House passed a budget resolution to begin turning that vision into legislation through reconciliation -- a process that allows legislation to be passed with a simple majority in the Senate and quickly signed into law.
The budget resolution outlined specific instructions for the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees -- the primary Committees with jurisdiction over health care -- to draft legislative recommendations that the Budget Committee could compile into one reconciliation package.
When combined with the legislation released by Ways and Means, the legislation Energy and Commerce released today meets those instructions.
Specifically, the Energy and Commerce legislation:
Creates a Patient and State Stability Fund -- this new and innovative fund give states broad flexibility to design programs that best serve their unique populations. They can also use funds to increase access to preventative services.
Responsibly unwinds Obamacare's Medicaid expansion -- By freezing new enrollment after 2 years and grandfathering in current enrollees, we protect patients and offer a stable transition.
Strengthens Medicaid -- Using a per capita allotment, our legislation ensures a fair funding formula for states while creating a viable financial future for the program.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
GOP's 'repeal and replace' health bill released (with links)
From a news release: