President Donald Trump did not mention health reform in his inaugural address, but he signed an executive order that night that aims to give federal agencies the authority to waive parts of the law they deem to be too expensive, among other changes. It’s unclear exactly how much additional power the order really gives agencies.
Congressional Republicans are divided on whether to repeal Affordable Care Act taxes when they repeal the law, with a group of members saying the taxes should be addressed as part of an effort to complete tax reform later this year.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence says President-elect Donald Trump’s health care plan will make insurance affordable for everyone. Trump is planning to make policy-related executive orders, perhaps related to the Affordable Care Act, on Monday, according to spokesman Sean Spicer.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) heads to his first Senate confirmation hearing today, and is expected to face questions about the ethics of his stock trades and what the health care system will look like under the incoming Trump administration.
President-elect Donald Trump says he is nearly ready to unveil his proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, which he said would aim to provide universal coverage, though he did not provide specifics. He reiterated a promise for drug companies to negotiate prices with Medicare and Medicaid.
Republicans are officially on the path to repeal Obamacare. Both the House and Senate approved a budget resolution instructing congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation that would repeal the 2010 health law.
The pressure is on for House Republicans, set to vote on a budget resolution Friday that would formally prompt the drafting of Obamacare repeal legislation. GOP leaders say they expect the measure to pass, but some Republicans are expected to vote against the measure.
The Senate voted 51-48 early Thursday morning to advance a budget resolution starting the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) crossing party lines. Democrats forced roughly seven hours of mostly symbolic votes, and GOP senators withdrew an amendment that would have formally given more time to lawmakers crafting forthcoming reconciliation legislation that would repeal the law.
The Senate is set to vote late Wednesday or early Thursday on a budget resolution that would serve as a way to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While the budget won’t be signed into law, it must be approved by both chambers for committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation.
Nearly two-thirds of voters say Congress should not repeal Obamacare without having a replacement plan, according to a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll. Many individual provisions of the law had a plurality of support from voters.