Thursday, March 9, 2017

Medicaid, ACA repeal: Health bill headlines for March 9

Here is a roundup of headlines about Congress' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which includes cutting and capping the federal Medicaid program.

Health Bill Clears House Panel in Pre-Dawn Hours

"The critical House Ways and Means Committee gave a pre-dawn approval on Thursday to a major part of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, moving Republicans a step closer toward a full vote on the measure over the growing opposition of senators, health care providers and some conservatives."

- The New York Times, March 9, 2017

Republicans’ rushed health bill is everything they said they hated about Obamacare
"The committee voted in the bill’s favor without knowing how much it costs or whom it covers because they voted before the Congressional Budget Office — or any other credible authority — had time to assess the bill’s likely impacts."
- Vox, March 9, 2017

Analysts: Republican health care bill will cost 6 to 10 million people health insurance
"The law also cuts off enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. Starting in that year, newly eligible enrollees who fall below the higher income limits set under the ACA, and current enrollees who have more than a month's break in their eligibility, lose federal funds. The latter provision means that enrollment under the Medicaid expansion will fall over time."
- Vox, March 7, 2017

How the GOP plan to change Medicaid punishes the working poor
"The whole idea behind the Affordable Care Act, the bill Republicans in Congress are now moving to replace, was to make sure more Americans who couldn’t afford health insurance gained coverage. And that’s pretty much how it has worked out. Today, most of the 20 million Americans who became insured through the ACA are the working poor."

- Vox, March 9, 2017

Analysis: GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year
The bill does not measure up well: For all but the youngest individuals, it increases both overall costs and the risk of a financially devastating event.
- Vox, March 7, 2017

Two big things missing from House GOP Obamacare replacement: cost and how many will lose coverage
"But here’s the rub: We don’t know how many people will lose coverage or how much this might blow up the deficit over time. What was released last night has not been scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office."
- The Washington Post, March 7, 2016

A side by side:  Affordable Care Act v House Republican Bill
"The bill would fundamentally change how health care is financed for people who do not have insurance through work, and it would eliminate the mandate requiring most Americans to have health insurance, a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act."
- The New York Times, March 6, 2017

In and out: How the House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement compares to ACA
Who would be covered. How they would pay for coverage. Proposed changes to Medicaid. Other key elements.
- The Washington Post, March 7, 2017

The debate over the Affordable Care Act is really a debate over wealth redistribution
"What makes the latest health-care battle different from past ones is that it is not about building a new government program. This time, the question is whether to abolish one — and replace it with something else. That means it is harder to gloss over a bedrock philosophical and ideological question that has always been in the background of any argument about the government’s role in health care: What is the minimum that society should provide for its poorest, most vulnerable citizens, and how much should be taken from the rich and powerful to do it?"
- The Washington Post, March  7, 2017