DW blog: The First 100 Days


Obamacare repeal clears House, heads to Senate

 May 4, 2017 

In a vote of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a revised American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA now moves to the Senate, where its future is uncertain. 

While the AADA has neither endorsed nor opposed the AHCA in its entirety, it has expressed its opposition to the legislation’s repeal of the tax on indoor tanning services built into the ACA. A number of other organizations also joined the AADA in voicing their opposition to the repeal of this tax. 

As the AADA continues considering the AHCA and any revisions made to it in the Senate, it will do so in light of the AADA’s principles for health system reform. At the root of these principles is the commitment to preserving the patient-physician relationship.

House Republicans introduce Obamacare replacement plan

Jan. 5, 2017
While repeal efforts for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are well underway, several members of Congress are honing in on possible replacements for the law. The Republican Study Committee (RSC), led by its chairman Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn), has introduced a new replacement plan, the American Health Care Reform Act. This proposal would expand the use of health savings accounts, allow insurance companies to sell plans across state lines, and would issue block grants to Medicaid programs. The bill calls for a full repeal of Obamacare starting on Jan. 1, 2018, though it does not set a timeline for replacement.

The plan is similar to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) A Better Way plan in that it would provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and supply states with funding to establish high-risk pools. However, the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act would create tax deductions ― $7,500 for an individual and $20,500 for married couples ―  if they purchase a qualified health plan. Speaker Ryan’s A Better Way plan, on the other hand, would allow people to receive tax credits to purchase coverage.

Over the next several months, it is likely that the RSC’s plan will be one of several replacement proposals issued by the GOP.