Friday, January 27, 2017

Obamacare Update

Looking good.

The health reforms known as Obamacare are a “disaster,” the president said, without detailing how to replace them, despite saying in a recent interview with The Washington Post that it was “very much formulated down to the final strokes.”

That is good, right? Formulated down to the final strokes. 

But they looked to Trump and Vice President Pence, who addressed them separately Thursday, to flesh out their own proposals and give them some road map for a way forward. They hoped to leave on the same page when it came to the GOP agenda, shifting the focus to policy after less than a week of Trump’s presidency defined by his unpredictable outbursts.

That does take a little gloss off the final strokes thing. 

Under pressure from constituents, rank-and-file Republicans have expressed the desire for more clarity on how the law, which has expanded coverage to roughly 20 million Americans, will be replaced.

“I think really the only thing new that I learned that hasn’t been talked about previously is the expectation of a House floor vote in March,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Oh yes, my representative will be hearing from me regularly. Maybe she learned more than Mark Meadows. 

“Those who think we’re going to suddenly appear with a 2,000-page replacement bill are mistaken,” Walden said.

At this point, I'd be surprised if you showed up with 2 pages worth of a replacement bill.

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