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Repeal and Replace

  • Republicans Aim to Start Obamacare Repeal in January Politico by Jennifer Haberkorn—Republicans on Capitol Hill are growing confident that they can begin to repeal Obamacare once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, along with a pledge to replace it later.  “I don’t have a lot of people in my district who are crying about the possibility of losing Obamacare. In fact, they’re cheering for it to go away,” said Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who is running to be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care. “No one is banging on my door saying, ‘Save this program.’" .. “I don’t think we should take a lot of time,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “We understand what the problems are and we know that Obamacare is a destructive force in America and almost everybody admits it.”

  • Many in Florida Count on Obama’s Health Law, Even Amid Talk of Its Demise New York Times by Abby Goodnough—Florida helped hand Mr. Trump the presidency when he narrowly won the state, but it has also provided more customers for the federal health insurance marketplace than any other state. This makes Florida a window to the complex and delicate task Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans face in deciding whether to scrap the entire law, which has brought coverage to more than 20 million people, and what to replace it with.

  • Trump Health Overhaul Could Follow Paul Ryan's Playbook NPR by Alison Kodjak—The absence of specifics on health care from the president-elect makes the 37-page plan that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has released the fullest outline of what Republicans would like to replace Obamacare. Some health policy analysts say it looks a bit like Obamacare light. .. "Don't force people to buy insurance," Ryan told the crowd. "Make insurance companies compete for our business." "And, yes," he added, "we're going to help you buy insurance."

  • Trump's Path on Health Care Law Intersects with a Lawsuit AP by By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar—President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to preserve health insurance coverage even as he pursues repeal of the Obama-era overhaul that provided it to millions of uninsured people. How his administration handles a pending lawsuit over billions of dollars in insurance subsidies will reveal whether Trump wants an orderly transition to a Republican-designed system or if he’d push “Obamacare” over a cliff. Stripping away the subsidies at issue in the case would put the program into a free-fall.

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