Monday, July 17, 2017

Health Policy News from Sunday Shows — July 16, 2017

Paul: I don't think McConnell has votes to pass healthcare bill now
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he doesn't think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes to pass the Senate GOP's healthcare bill. "I don't think right now he does," Paul, a vocal critic of the Senate's healthcare plan,...

Price: Insurers' opposition to GOP health bill 'perplexing'
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price said Sunday that ‘it's really perplexing’ that insurance companies are opposing the new GOP healthcare bill. In an interview on ABC's ‘This Week,’ Chief White House Correspondent...

Paul: More conservatives will discover GOP bill does not repeal ObamaCare
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he thinks more conservative Republicans will realize the Senate GOP's healthcare bill does not actually repeal ObamaCare the longer the proposal is out there.During an interview on CBS's "Face The Nation,"...

Health Secretary Price: More people will be covered under GOP bill than are currently covered
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Sunday that more people would be covered under Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill than are currently covered. The Republican healthcare legislation covers a "hole" for people...

After delay, Senate Republicans struggle not to let healthcare stall
Following a delay in Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, lawmakers are struggling to move forward with viable legislation that can pass the upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Saturday was...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Examining the defenses of the Affordable Care Act

Four years ago this month, President Obama rather humbly stated of the Affordable Care Act, “And me just making more speeches explaining it in and of itself won’t do it. The test of this is going to be is it working. And if it works, it will be pretty darn popular.”

Is it working? Is it popular?

Even before President Obama left office, there had already been many administrative, legislative, and judicial changes to the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) with some parts repealed entirely such as the 1099 reporting requirement and the CLASS Act. Congress attempted to repeal the law in whole or in part many times while President Obama was still in office.

After another four years of this law being on the books we have additional indicators of ACA's effectiveness and popularity. One of the most obvious is President Obama was succeeded by President Trump whose election platform included repealing the law. This year, 2017, Congress and the President have been attempting to make good on those promises to repeal the remaining parts of the Affordable Care Act, some of which still remain to go into effect as late as 2020.

What remains of the Affordable Care Act? Defenders of the law would rather not answer that question in detail, and would instead rather discuss the law as a single entity. That way they can tout any “successes” as threatened by efforts to repeal President Obama's “signature domestic achievement.” Parts of it have indeed been popular making single efforts at repeal politically difficult. As long as they get away with treating ACA as a single sacred entity, this strategy can expect continued success.