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Congressional Efforts to Repeal and Replace While President Trump deferred to Congress on the specifics of repeal-and-replace, three of his efforts to influence the legislative process deserve note. To foster quick action, congressional leaders had at one point preferred a sequential two-step process. They would promptly repeal key provisions of the ACA but defer their phase-in, promising that Congress would develop a replacement by a specified date Peters Directly linking repeal to replacement meant that Republicans would immediately be drenched in political controversy as they struggled to develop an alternative.
Third, the Trump administration attacked the objectivity of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office CBO whose periodic assessments of Republican legislation forecast that it would greatly increase the number of uninsured. These reports received extensive media coverage and fueled widespread negative assessments of the Republican bills. Twenty Republicans joined all Democratic House members in opposing the legislation. The AHCA proposed as of to reduce the federal contribution, or match, for covering the Medicaid expansion cohort from 90 percent to the proportion that applied to other enrollees 50 percent to about 75 percent depending on the state.
The American Health Care Act also contained myriad provisions related to the exchanges. It terminated cost sharing reduction payments as of and reduced federal tax credits to individuals to purchase insurance.
The law also eliminated the tax penalty for not having insurance, while allowing insurance companies to increase premiums for people who did not maintain continuous coverage.
The second act of the congressional drama over repeal and replace took place in two scenes that played out in the Senate.
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The first scene, which occurred in June and July, featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointing a thirteen-member working group to devise an alternative bill, which emerged as the Better Care Reconciliation Act in late June.
CBO b17 also estimated that the exchange provisions in the Senate bill would lead 7 million people to lose coverage by Due to opposition from a handful of Republican senators, and all of their Democratic colleagues, McConnell abandoned this initial legislation and sought backing for several revised versions.
But these efforts also failed and by the end of July prospects that the Senate would pass legislation appeared dead. The second scene involved efforts by two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, to resurrect repeal and replace. Released in September, the Graham—Cassidy bill followed earlier proposals in seeking to covert the pre-ACA Medicaid program into a capitated block grant.
But it departed radically from prior proposals in two major respects. First, the bill called for massive devolution in the form of a new block grant that would from through give states the monies that the federal government would have otherwise spent on the exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.
Federal health insurance regulation and subsidies for people to purchase individual policies on the exchanges would end in Each state could then use its block grant to create its own health insurance coverage program from scratch—a massive policy and administrative challenge. Second, the Graham-Cassidy proposal reshaped the funding formula for the massive block grant to benefit the states that had not expanded Medicaid.
A preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office c indicated that the bill would greatly increase the number of uninsured. Like its July predecessors, Graham—Cassidy failed to attract enough Republican support to pass. The third act of the repeal-and-replace drama took place in December under the guise of tax reform.
With no support from Democrats, Congress relied on the budget reconciliation process to approve a major tax bill that President Trump promptly signed. The measure had at least three significant implications for the ACA.
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The ACA rested on the premise that this penalty was necessary to incentivize healthy individuals to purchase insurance rather than be free riders e. Without this penalty, the risk grew that premiums on the exchanges would soar as less healthy people who needed more care disproportionately enrolled.
The CBO d estimated that 13 million would lose health insurance over a decade as the result of repeal. This meant that states with more generous Medicaid programs would likely have to exert greater tax effort to sustain their current spending on the program.
Under the new law, states would be more limited in their ability to leverage federal subsidies for the taxes they imposed. The tax burden on many of their residents would increase, potentially unleashing pressure to curb spending on programs such as Medicaid. Third, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation projected that the tax bill would boost the federal debt by 1 trillion dollars over ten years.
This development seemed likely to renew pressure by Republican policymakers to retrench major health care entitlements, such as the ACA and Medicaid. The Role of a Divided Intergovernmental Lobby Congressional legislation to replace the ACA polled poorly with the public and ignited strong opposition from hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare stakeholders.
From a federalism perspective, however, the role of the intergovernmental lobby, especially governors, warrants special attention. In polarized times, did governors behave more as members of a vertical partisan coalition willing to promote the position of national Republican policymakers even though it would cut federal subsidies to their states and swell the ranks of the uninsured?
After the election, congressional Republicans made some effort to solicit input from governors. In part, they did so to hear policy suggestions. More fundamentally, national policymakers wanted to legitimate their proposal by winning the endorsement, or at least damping the opposition, of as many governors as possible. In the process Congress paid scant attention to the views of formal associations of governors, such as the National Governors Association NGA.
The repeal-and-replace initiative represented the fourth major effort by Republican policymakers to retrench Medicaid since its inception in The second transpired in when Republicans, who controlled both houses of Congress, passed legislation to block grant Medicaid, only to have President Clinton veto it.
The third effort emerged in when the George W. Bush administration failed to persuade a Republican-controlled Congress to support a less sweeping block grant proposal.
In all three episodes, the NGA played a significant, though not determinative, role in the policy process Rose ; Thompson In contrast, the NGA was less central to the politics of repeal and replace.
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But no such plan materialized. Some NGA lobbying persisted into the spring and summer. The limited role played by the NGA may partly reflect its tendency to be more valuable to governors under conditions of divided partisan government at the federal level Jensen87— In such a context, passing legislation requires partisan compromise and governors from each party have more incentive to turn to the NGA as a vehicle.
Nor did the partisan associations of governors play a major role. While both Republican and Democratic Governors Associations have bolstered their policy staffs, neither served as a major conduit to congressional policymakers. To be sure, the chair of the Republican Governors Association, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, appointed a committee of eight governors—four from states that had expanded Medicaid and four from states that had not—to devise recommendations Ebert and Fletcher But divisions among Republican governors could not be bridged and their partisan association never united behind a repeal-and-replace plan.
Instead, various Republican governors acted more informally in ad hoc groups or individually to express their views to members of Congress. For instance, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee invited certain governors from their party to a roundtable discussion of health reform which took place in January Luthi a.
Members of the coalition also urged stabilization in testimony at a Senate hearing in early September Divisions among the Republican governors became especially evident after details of congressional proposals became public. The legislation did not come close to meeting the NGA request that federal proposals refrain from shifting Medicaid costs to the states. This triggered concern among the thirty-three Republican governors but did not unite them.
Kennedy voted against the individual insurance mandate inbut supported Obamacare in a separate test; it is difficult to predict how Supreme Court votes would fall in the new Republican challenge, but they are likely to be narrowly divided. Kavanaugh's critics on the left contend his conservatism over the past 12 years on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit would lead him to rule against the Affordable Care Act.
Signs of his opposition to the law were plainly sufficient to satisfy Trump, who has long railed against the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama and has vowed to appoint justices who would overturn it. He has also taken consistent aim at Chief Justice John Roberts, who provided the fifth vote to uphold the law in If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush's appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare.
Everybody thought he was good. He was a Bush appointee.
He was somebody that should have, frankly, ended Obamacare, and he didn't. Some advocates on the right, perhaps jockeying for their other candidates on Trump's list of prospective nominees, argued that Kavanaugh had not demonstrated sufficient hostility to Obamacare -- a regular litmus test for Republican politicians. Democratic senator to meet with Kavanaugh next week In fact, Kavanaugh's record indicates skepticism for the multifaceted law but not surefire rejection.
The one area where a clear record exists involves the law's birth control mandate. He wrote a opinion that would make it easier for religious organizations to win an exemption from the mandate that employers provide contraceptive insurance coverage.
He said the paperwork requirement for an exemption encroached on the free exercise of religion. He said it was premature to resolve a dispute that involved an insurance mandate to be imposed inwith a tax penalty the following year.
But Congress did not make that clear and "there is no 'early-bird special' exception. The crux of the litigation at that point was whether Congress had the power to order people to buy a product. Schumer sends letter to George W.
Bush on documents for Trump's Supreme Court nominee After the Supreme Court had ruled on the law, Kavanaugh spoke approvingly of a portion of the high court's decision finding that the law violated Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce. The high court in its June ruling, however, upheld the law in a controversial, bitterly fought opinion by Roberts, based on Congress' taxing power.
Kavanaugh declined to comment much on that compromise beyond the observation that Roberts was seeking "to defuse an otherwise hot constitutional issue. That case tested the Constitution's Origination Clause. A panel of the DC Circuit had earlier ruled that the Affordable Care Act need not have begun in the House because it was not a revenue-raising bill.
Kavanaugh said he wanted a new hearing to fully air the issue. In a lengthy dissent in Sissel v.