Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

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The Washington Post reports that Boehner, who was ousted by conservatives in 2015, said he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on undoing and replacing health law.

This is the first time more people support the ACA than oppose it, and these findings show public support for the health care law is escalating quickly. It is unclear how, if at all, the draft, dated February 9, will change when presented by House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans next week.

Instead of a full-fledged repeal-and-replace strategy, according Boehner, Republicans will keep most of the ACA intact and tweak bits and pieces of it.

States could choose to still cover Medicaid expansion lives, but without as much from federal funds, the draft said.

US health insurance executives, many of whom have lost hundreds of millions of dollars on the Obamacare individual insurance markets, are due to meet with Trump on Monday, according to a Bloomberg report. Besides halting expansion funds, the Republicans want to convert Medicaid to a block grant or per-capita grant program.

As work progresses to undo the problems that Obamacare brought to health care, I believe the roadmap to responsible reform must take both coverage and cost into consideration.

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Earlier this week, former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he never should have called for repealing and replacing the ACA and predicted most of the framework will remain intact. Even conservative Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, whose state did not agree to the federal Medicaid expansion, said people who already received coverage should not lose it.

The plan, leaked to reporters Friday, largely mirrors previous blueprints proposed by Republican lawmakers.

The Republicans' draft would end income-based tax subsidies to help individuals purchase health insurance.

But, it also said: "Obamacare's Medicaid expansion for able-bodied adult enrollees would be repealed in its current form". Despite this, many healthcare organizations are in favor of a change from Obamacare with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services being one of them. Gala Fernandez attended one Wednesday night held by Republican Representative Leonard Lance at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, New Jersey. "We don't have the votes in Congress to pass a repeal bill, in part because of what these people are doing", Brooks concluded.

"President Trump and I want every American to have access to quality and affordable health insurance", Pence said, "which is why we're designing a better law that lowers the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government".

A new poll released Wednesday adds a new element for congressional Republicans to consider about their repeal-and-replace approach to former-President Obama's cornerstone legislation: more American voters appear to be support the law.

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