On Friday, March 24, moments before a vote was scheduled on the much-debated American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republican leadership, in coordination with the White House, pulled the bill. It was clear the AHCA was not going to have enough Republican support, but pulling the bill was a surprise that left people to ask, “What happens to health care reform now?”
With a House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) looming, it’s unclear if Republicans have enough support to advance the bill, which many say doesn't do enough to adequately repeal and replace Obamacare. To garner support, Republicans are calling on their colleagues to look at the bigger picture: The AHCA is only the first step in a three-phase plan to reform American health care.
Among the provisions introduced by the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a new tax credit structure for Americans who purchase individual health insurance.
For those following health care reform closely, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan that Republicans unveiled last night doesn’t contain many major surprises. The American Health Care Act, as it’s being called, is more repeal than it is replace.
Last night, Trump made his first address to a joint session of Congress. He covered a lot of ground, from immigration to national security to spending. But one thing that everyone was listening carefully for, from Congress to the American people, was a definitive plan for health care reform.
On March 22, the House passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act (SBHFA). This act allows for the establishment and governance of Association Health Plans (AHPs), which are group health plans sponsored by business associations.
In what can be seen as a normal step in the legislative process, Republicans released a set of amendments to their proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) last night. Many believe that these and possibly other amendments to the current bill will be necessary to draw enough Republican support to advance the bill through a House vote, which is set to take place this Thursday.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) yesterday afternoon--a significant first step in the legislative process.
The report measures key criteria that will help members of Congress decide how to cast their vote on the bill, or if the bill should be brought up for a vote at all. It includes the AHCA’s impact on the federal budget and debt, the number of Americans covered, and the cost of health care coverage.
Last night Republicans unveiled their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan. This is something that has been highly debated not only in recent months, but over the past several years.
What shape will health care reform take? That’s the question on everyone’s mind with President Trump and Republicans in Congress determined to repeal and replace (or repair) the Affordable Care Act. As the President and Congress consider all available options, they should look to resurrect a type of plan that fell by the wayside under the ACA.