Senate Republicans have a good chance of passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut legislation, even though healthcare industry groups are lobbying hard against it, political observers say.
Senate Republican leaders appear increasingly likely to include a repeal of the ACA's individual mandate in their tax overhaul legislation.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) have drafted legislation that critics say will make it easier for states to offer fewer healthcare coverage options at higher costs.
Tuesday's elections in Maine and Virginia brought victories for supporters of expanding Medicaid to low-income adults, bolstering the hopes of expansion advocates across the country.
If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as part of their tax cut bill, that would give them $338 billion in cost savings over 10 years to soften the bill's rollback of popular tax breaks, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.
Republicans are weighing a repeal of a key tenet of the Obama-era healthcare law in their tax overhaul as the House's tax-writing committee begins work on shaping the bill.
The Trump administration hopes to relax ACA rules and expand state authority as much as possible through administrative action, following the collapse of congressional GOP efforts to make such changes legislatively.
In a strongly worded opinion, the federal judge refused to force the Trump administration to revive cost-sharing reduction subsidies that help low-income people with out-of-pocket healthcare costs, ruling that the Affordable Care Act did not create a permanent appropriation for the payments.
The bipartisan Senate bill to stabilize the individual insurance market and fund cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers would reduce the federal budget deficit by $3.8 billion from 2018 to 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
After a season of healthcare policy fits and starts, now is the time for Washington to take a collective deep breath and assess what we learned and how we as a nation can do better.
Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the ACA to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow.
Sens. Lamar Alexander's and Patty Murray's bill to resume paying cost-sharing subsidies to insurers has support from all 48 Democratic and independent senators, as well as 24 total co-sponsors from both parties. But its fate remains unclear as some Republicans seek changes that could threaten...