Opinion GOP, slow down on killing ObamaCare

19:35  19 june  2017
19:35  19 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal

  Insurance lobbyists meet GOP staff on ObamaCare repeal GOP staff provided some details on the bill, but did not share the text of the measure, the sources said. Insurers did get one bit of good news on their end at the meeting: The bill will fund key ObamaCare payments to insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions, likely for two years.An industry source said that fact is making at least some insurers look more favorably on the legislation.Insurers have been pounding the drum about the need for the payments. President Trump has threatened to cancel them in order to bring about instability in ObamaCare marketplaces.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that the GOP may need to " slow down " on repealing the Democratic health care law, to better understand the changes and give the public time to absorb them. But for GOP leaders, it's apparently full steam ahead. The replacement bill would scrap Obamacare 's

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations Thursday urged congressional Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first offering a replacement, joining the growing list of voices urging the GOP to slow its Obamacare repeal push.

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In 2009, when President Obama proposed his healthcare bill, Republicans warned it was the first step toward a singlepayer system. Eight years later, if Washington Republicans do not change course soon, they will make that prediction reality.

Washington Republicans are operating under the faulty assumptions that they must pass a healthcare bill quickly to "move on" with the rest of their agenda and that the collapsing individual health insurance marketplace is giving them the momentum and mandate they need to do so. Two recent events should cause them to reconsider.

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First, look at the election in Great Britain. Six weeks ago, Theresa May's conservative party was leading most polls by 20 points. Then May's Tories made the mistake of proposing changes in the way British citizens were taxed in home care, which is primarily used by the elderly. These measures might have made macroeconomic sense to the Tory policy experts, but the Labour party successfully branded the change a "dementia tax." Health care is an intensely personal topic, and voters care more about how laws personally affect them than they do about the system at large. The Tories backed off, but the damage was done, and British voters made them pay at the polls.

In Washington, Republicans are making similar errors with their healthcare proposals. At the macroeconomic level, the American Health Care Act is far more stable and functional than ObamaCare. However, several micro-level problems make the bill politically toxic. For example, the bill's tax credit structure, when combined with an otherwise sensible change in regulations governing the difference in premiums allowed for young and old customers, opens the bill to being branded an "age tax." Republicans need only to look overseas to see how the public would respond to an "age tax" branding.

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“And they want to slow down the process by offering this amendment before the legislative process starts spiraling out of control. The reticence about junking Obamacare too hastily reflects certain realities that the GOP hasn’t really confronted until now.

Arguments over the future of President Barack Obama 's signature healthcare law and a tweak in attitude from the administration of President Donald Trump have shifted the Obamacare changes into a slower gear. Battle brewing. A draft of the House GOP ’s plan to repeal and replace the law that was

The lesson to learn from the British election is that Republicans are better off slowing down. They should think through all the practical, individual impacts their health care bill will have as it goes through the Senate and conference processes. Otherwise, they are likely to fail to pass healthcare reform - or worse, they might pass a bill that is unacceptable to the American people. Either result would bring huge Republican losses in 2018 and further entrench ObamaCare.

The second relevant recent event received much less attention, but it could also be a harbinger.

Like many states, Nevada has been trying to deal with its collapsing individual marketplace. To provide Nevadans more affordable choices, the state's legislature passed a bill that would allow anyone to enroll in the state's Medicaid program - essentially creating a public option.

On Friday, the bill was vetoed by the state's Republican governor, who rather than saying he opposed the idea, said it needed further study.

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  Obamacare Is Not Collapsing Unless Republicans Kill It. Here’s Proof. “Obamacare’s dead,” says the man holding a gun to to its head.Right-wing critics of Obamacare have been predicting for years that the law would enter an actuarial “death spiral,” in which healthy customers flee and insurers raise rates to unsustainably high levels as only the most sick and expensive patients remain. The alleged death spiral has played a crucial role in Republicans’ rhetoric, undergirding their claim that the law is collapsing of its own accord. When President Trump repeatedly insists Obamacare is “collapsing,” “dead,” or “gone,” he is popularizing in vulgar form an analysis that people like Paul Ryan have been spreading for years.

Republican spin doctors have told congressional Republicans to change their words while working to repeal Obamacare . exactly what the large majority of the American people want,’ said Frank Luntz, a prominent Republican consultant and pollster who addressed GOP lawmakers at their retreat.”

And GOP sources are already cautioning that there may never be one, comprehensive “replace Obamacare ” bill. And once the bill reaches the House and Senate, again, Democrats could slow down the process by attaching a slew of amendments.

A public option should be anathema to any Republican, but the failing marketplace has put Governor Brian Sandoval in a difficult position. Ten of 17 counties in Nevada only have one insurer option for silver level plans. The other seven have no more than three. They need a solution.

The situation in Nevada shows that chaos and instability in healthcare does not help the Republican case for free market reform - it undermines it. Increased voter anxiety and financial stress caused by the collapse of ObamaCare will increase pressure on lawmakers to accept rash, big government decisions over sustainable ones. It will erode trust in more responsible Republican health proposals. Voters will associate the party in charge with their current pain and will question whether the private market can offer affordable coverage.

Republicans must solve the immediate crisis in the individual markets and take time to write a responsible health care bill. Both are possible.

Taking simple steps to stabilize the individual marketplace will give Republicans breathing room to develop a health care bill the American people will like. But they need to act fast. The window to stabilize the marketplace for 2018 is closing.

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Frustrated with the slow pace at which the On reconciliation, the Senate GOP budget calls on two key committees that oversee Obamacare — Senate Yes, McConnell will aim to kill ObamaCare just before he unilaterally surrenders and gives Obama and the Democrats everything they want.

In most states, insurers must submit their 2018 rates by June 21, 2017. Without commitments to stabilize the marketplace, insurers will submit rates based on worst-case scenarios, or continue to pull out altogether.

Republicans should start by following Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's recommendation to fund the Cost Sharing Reduction program through at least 2018. They should also consider making available funding for states to defray the costs of those with significant medical conditions.

Both of these actions are part of the American Health Care Act. Taking these actions now will provide some stability for state governments to avoid rash decisions while Republicans in Washington work on a fuller health reform package.

This measured, slower approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare may not have been the ideal scenario Republicans imagined in their high spirits after winning the election in November. But given current circumstances, it is the responsible choice of a governing party dedicated to solving problems in the most practical way.

Republicans won a mandate to govern, now they must do so.

Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The views of contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

RSC warns Senate: Healthcare changes may 'jeopardize' bill .
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) is sending up a warning flare to Senate Republicans over changes to the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, warning that the alterations "may jeopardize final passage in the House."The RSC, which the largest bloc of conservatives in Congress, has drafted a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) raising "serious concerns" with the direction of the Senate's healthcare legislation.The RSC, which is the largest bloc of conservatives in Congress, has drafted a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) raising "serious concerns" with the direction of the Senate's healthcare legislation.

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