The Weekly Insight – May 8

08th May 2017

This Week in Review

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Healthcare Policy News

  • The big news of the week was the passage of the American Health Care Act through the House this past Thursday. In a narrow vote, passing by 217 to 213, twenty members of the GOP broke with the party to vote “no.” The bill faces an unclear future in the Senate, where many Republicans have voiced concern about the provision to roll back the Medicaid expansion. GOP Senators have also taken issue with key components of the bill, suggesting they cannot be included in the bill owing to the budget reconciliation process House Republicans used to pass it.
  • The largest opposition to AHCA has been in response to the removal of ACA protections for pre-existing conditions. These “pre-existing medical conditions” include pregnancy, having a C-section, or receiving treatment for sexual assault. In the era of genetic screening, even your genes can be considered a preexisting condition.
  • This outrage has sparked big fundraising wins for Democrats. Progressive groups like ActBlue raised at least 2 million within hours of the bill passing the House. Democrats hope this enthusiasm means healthcare will be a critical issue that wins them back the House in 2018.
  • Meanwhile, ads in support of House Republicans who voted for the AHCA have launched, airing nationally and on cable television.
  • The GOP pushed ahead with the vote on Thursday without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to issue their report on the updated bill. As the bill faces uncertainty in the Senate, the CBO’s report, expected next week, could enliven debates.
  • While awaiting the CBO’s report, the New York Times offers a look at the “winners” and “losers” of the AHCA.
  • In his first remarks since the House passed the AHCA, former President Barack Obama spoke broadly about the healthcare debate while accepting the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award in Boston. Obama encouraged lawmakers to invoke “political courage” to save healthcare.