Week in Review
Trump, Democrats trade barbs over insurer payments
- President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold “cost-sharing reduction” payments owed to insurers in an effort to force Democrats to negotiate replacing the Affordable Care Act. Democrats, however, are refusing to play ball with Trump, and are seeking to include the payments in a spending bill that Congress must pass before the end of April to avert a government shutdown.
Insurers still concerned after ‘market stabilization’ rule
- The Trump administration released a final rule aimed at keeping insurers from leaving the Affordable Care Act’s individual market next year. The rule shortens the 2018 open enrollment period, but doesn’t address insurers’ biggest concern: whether the government would continue to make the “cost-sharing reduction” payments, which help them cover low-income people.
Trump reverses course, wants to do health care first
- Weeks after Trump said he would wait for Obamacare to “explode,” he now says he wants Republicans in Congress to take another shot at overhauling the health insurance system before moving on to tax reform.
GOP lawmakers take heat at home from all sides
- The conservative Club for Growth is targeting moderate Republicans, launching TV ads in their districts to get them on board to repeal Obamacare.
- From the other side, a coalition of liberal groups launched a seven-figure TV ad buy slamming moderate Republicans in seven competitive districts over the GOP’s now-stalled Obamacare replacement plan.
Both parties agree on one thing: FDA user fees
- Top Republicans and Democrats in Congress have reached a preliminary deal to extend funding for several programs that are crucial to the approval of new drugs and medical devices in the United States.