Week in Review
Republican Study Committee backs ACA replacement bill
- Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement plan got a boost Friday when leaders of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the House GOP, announced their support after the White House agreed to an amendment package that would give states the choice to block grant Medicaid rather than receive a per capita cap, and maintain work requirements for some program enrollees. But it is still unclear whether the bill has the 216 votes to pass, with leaders of the House Freedom Caucus remaining firmly opposed.
- A day before the changes were agreed upon, the reconciliation bill was cleared by the House Budget Committee with a single vote to spare.
CBO: 24 million to lose coverage under GOP bill
- The Congressional Budget Office released its score of the legislation on Monday, predicting it would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million over the coming decade and cause health-care costs to skyrocket for low-income seniors. The report also estimated the bill would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years.
Obamacare enrollment dips for first time
- About 12.2 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare health plans in the 2017 open enrollment period, a decline in total signups for the first time.
Trump’s budget wish list strips NIH funding
- President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, equal to about 19 percent of its current $30.3 billion discretionary budget.
Trump setting up his health team
- Trump nominated Scott Gottlieb, a conservative health care expert and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, to head the Food and Drug Administration.
- The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.