What's the holdup, House Republicans?
In his absence, attendees of that evening's town hall in Allentown pushed Toomey to explain his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With key Cabinet members just getting confirmed and the president preoccupied by other issues, the White House is just starting to provide guidance on how it wants lawmakers to proceed.
That's a rhetorical question, of course.
"This would mean fewer people could afford health insurance and that the health insurance would likely cover less", says Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
It is because of the ACA that more than 96% of our population has health coverage.
The conservative House Freedom Caucus, along with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), unveiled their Obamacare repeal bill that repeals Medicaid expansion entirely. In no way is it worthy of being called policy.
American health care expects private insurance corporations to efficiently manage national care by charging premiums on the collective user pool.
In the letter, the mayors also point to the parts of the ACA which have bipartisan support, such as keeping eligibility for insurance coverage with pre-existing conditions and insuring children up to the age of 26.
"This is particularly important to mayors, because when the federal government fumbles, it is state and local government that really suffers the consequences", Giles says. Governors from both parties are not amused.
Frustratingly, though, others have doubled down on their "repeal and replace" demand.
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Insurance giant Anthem said it's not committed to selling plans in the exchanges past this year.
"HealthPocket believes that the Proposed Rule will improve the quality of ACA risk pools and reduce the likelihood of further significant increases to ACA premiums and deductibles that have been harmful to consumers", Telkamp wrote. His proposal would eliminate the individual mandate, replace the current income-based advanced premium tax credits with a new tax credit for individuals regardless of income and expand the use of high-deductible "catastrophic" health plans paired with tax-free health savings accounts. A 50-year-old billionaire would receive the same amount of tax relief as his or her 50-year-old gardener. Within the next five years, states will lose more than $3 billion, according to a recent analysis by the Trust for America's Health.
When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans can't even agree on one of the easier decisions they have to make: whether to temporarily fund the law's cost-sharing subsidies.
Make no mistake, this has been a bad patch for the ACA.
At the same time, they're telling Washington: Don't scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative. It will affect individuals and employers, specifically rural hospitals, she said, adding that repealing the ACA would have an impact on the Maryland Medicare waiver.
Plans to repeal the controversial Affordable Care Act were met with a sharp rebuke Wednesday by Pennsylvania health officials.
Prior to Wolf allowing the state to join ACA in 2015, the state exclusively covered the cost of providing health-care and substance-abuse coverage to poor citizens who did not qualify for Medicaid. Now the party embraces core elements of Obamacare as the new normal.
Experts say insurance companies are essentially making the only move they can - since it's still such a mystery what Republicans' replacement plan will be.
In fact, through the District's Medicaid expansion, 75,000 childless adults now have coverage. But Barack Obama already won the war.