POLICY BRIEFINGS


Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - APRIL 3, 2017


Health Care Reform: What's Next?


Following a legislative setback in the breakdown of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans are attempting to determine their next steps. Tax reform is the next item on the agenda, and a top priority for many members. But others, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), have suggested that health care reform is not dead. Although he has not offered a timeline for repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law or promised to hold a vote, Ryan has said that he will work to find a path forward on repeal and replacement, while continuing to move on other issues in the short term. President Trump and others in the Administration have suggested that although they have no immediate strategy to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are open to working with Democrats on health care reform. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also expressed willingness to work with the Administration on improving access to health care, but only if Republicans stop attempting to undermine the ACA. Paul Ryan, however, disagrees with the President’s sentiment. He stated last week that he does not want to work with Democrats on future health care legislation. Disagreements also remain within the Republican Party itself. According to Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), the President’s congressional liaison, the moderate House Tuesday Group will not work with the House Freedom Caucus going forward. He blamed the conservative group for sinking the health care bill. House Freedom Caucus member Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has threatened to force a vote on full Obamacare repeal should further movement on health care reform not take place. Brooks could file what is known as a discharge petition, which would compel a vote if it is signed by a majority of House members.



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