House Republican staff want to resurrect this spring’s failed Obamacare bailout, and see the health savings account provisions as a way to do so.
If the Trump administration wanted to use the risk adjustment ruling to ‘sabotage’ Obamacare, it would have halted the program immediately after a February court ruling.
The D.C. mandate contains three elements that make it just as bad as, if not worse than, the federal mandate it is intended to replace.
Which is worse: An unelected judge opining on how a mandate to purchase a product could meet constitutional muster, or giving Congress instructions on how to ensure it will? Kavanaugh did both.
Voters do like the idea of ‘protections for people with pre-existing conditions’ in the abstract. But when pressed, they express significant qualms about the trade-offs.
Some conservatives are unwilling to accept the status quo. They are pushing back against congressional inertia and conservative fatalism as they urge Congress to roll back the Obamacare regime.
The plan includes parameters for a state-based block grant that would combine funds from Obamacare’s insurance subsidies and its Medicaid expansion into one pot of money.
Rather than throwing more taxpayer money at exchanges, Republicans could emphasize new alternatives to Obamacare-compliant plans.
These requirements would undermine the bill’s supposed goal of ‘state flexibility,’ and could lead to a regime more onerous and expensive than Obamacare itself.
Striking down the law through legal fiat would represent judicial activism at its worst—asking unelected judges to do what elected members of Congress took great pains to avoid.
CBO can only assume cost-sharing payments get made through premium subsidies if it assumes those payments do not get made directly—thus violating the agency’s legal obligation.
A relatively small provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, gives President Trump the ability to achieve what his party has failed to accomplish.
Rather than criticizing Tom Price for his candid comments, Republicans would do better to go back and pass legislation repealing the Obamacare regulations.
If CBO and House Budget are blameless, and everything about this budget change occurred in an above-board manner, they seem to have a funny way of going about proving their innocence.
A repeal of finance regulation also allows Congress to nullify other regulatory actions the federal government took years ago—including those on Obamacare.
At the end of 2016, I thought Paul Ryan had a plan, and that achieving consensus on a plan would prove the tough part. But Ryan didn’t even have a plan.
In a Monday report, CBO changed the rules, and violated the law, to make it easier for Congress to pass an Obamacare bailout.
The only thing that keeps Obamacare from collapsing completely is that taxpayers are paying most or all of the premiums for the vast majority of people in the exchanges.
If the only state-based insurance reform plan proposed to date violates Graham-Cassidy, then how much ‘flexibility’ does the legislation really provide?
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