Amid GOP discord, Schumer predicts health-care law 'will not be repealed'

Posted February 28, 2017

Committees in the House of Representatives may begin considering legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in early March, and when they do, Rep. Daniel Donovan said he won't vote for the first without the second.

During a meeting with the heads of major USA health insurers today, President Trump told them to "expect something special" to replace the Affordable Care Act as his administration advances its replacement for the ACA (Obamacare).

"That takes a lot of people out of Medicaid", said the governor, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, of the GOP plan.

The speech to Congress is a chance for Trump to elaborate on his healthcare policy, one of his top domestic priorities.

OH governor John Kasich, one of Trump's former Republican rivals for the presidential nomination, told the Washington Post he pushed Trump not to cut Medicaid.

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Everyone knew that health care policy could be complicated.

But the state law codifying HIP 2.0 says the program must end if federal funding falls below what was included in the ACA. It might even allow states to entirely eliminate Medicaid's basic guarantee of any coverage for people who meet program eligibility requirements.

Referring to his own enthusiasm for tax reform, Trump explained, "I can't do it until we do health care, because we have to know what the health care is going to cost and - statutorily - that's the way it is".

The House Republican plan, leaked to POLITICO Friday, calls for undoing the federal health law's Medicaid expansion, scaling back required benefits for individual health plans and restructuring the individual insurance marketplace. "I actually told the Republicans that if we did nothing, just did nothing for a two-year period, let Obamacare totally implode, which it's doing right now anyway, that would be from a political standpoint the best thing we could do".

President Trump and the Republicans are certainly holding true to their word as to what they had planned to do to offer what they perceive to be a better system for providing healthcare to Americans while relieving some of the stress placed on the Federal budget.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich was among the GOP governors expressing concern.

During their weekend meeting, the governors also discussed the hot-button issue of immigration, education and their hopes President Donald Trump follows through on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. WellCare, which does not sell plans on the exchanges but has benefited from the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, also didn't attend.

We were well-informed in 2009 of the disastrous impact Obamacare would have on the American public. It's that reality that has led to the reemergence of the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act. He said this would be a "catastrophic" year for the ACA, which has extended health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans.

"We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it - except we're going to keep some of the tax increases that some are talking about".

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