November 17, 2017

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Republican Senators To Introduce Their Version Of Replacement Monday

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Sens. Susan Collins and Bill Cassidy’s plan would give more flexibility to the states. Meanwhile, health care is expected to be a top priority at the president’s retreat with congressional Republicans, but it’s unlikely a full replacement plan will emerge from the three-day conference.

CNN: GOP Senators To Present Obamacare Alternative
Two Republican senators are set to introduce legislation Monday to replace Obamacare amid mounting pressure on the GOP to craft an alternative to the massive healthcare law. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana will unveil a bill that they are describing as an “Obamacare replacement plan.” In a statement, the duo promised that the proposal would give more power to the states on health care policy, increase access to affordable insurance and help cover millions of Americans who are currently uninsured. (Lee, 1/23)

The Hill: GOP Waiting To Hear From Trump On ObamaCare 
Don’t expect President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to roll out their ObamaCare replacement plan next week at their joint House and Senate GOP retreat in Philadelphia. Healthcare is expected to dominate the three-day gathering that kicks off Wednesday. But GOP lawmakers attending Trump’s presidential inauguration Friday said they likely won’t settle on a complete replacement strategy by the time the retreat wraps up. (Wong, 1/21)

CQ Roll Call: Details Still Sparse On GOP Health Plan
Congressional Republicans appear no closer on Inauguration Day than in recent weeks to having a coherent strategy in place to achieve the incoming Trump administration’s goal to simultaneously repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. House and Senate Republicans hope to get more organized during a policy retreat next week in Philadelphia where health care is expected to be a significant topic. Several major questions—including what the GOP will do about the $9 billion or so that would be needed to fund cost-sharing subsidies for people covered by Obamacare plans, and whether to repeal the law’s Medicaid expansion—remain unanswered. (Williams, 1/20)

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