Another Friday, another week’s end recap. Here are a few highlights from this week’s work toward repealing and replacing Obamacare:
- On Tuesday, the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee advanced two bills to strengthen Medicaid. As Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) said, both bills would reduce spending by hundreds of millions of dollars, “freeing up resources” for those who need it most. More info on these two bills here.
- That same day, the Small Business Committee held its first hearing of the 115th Congress to examine the health care marketplace for small businesses, when it discovered two things: One, Obamacare has had a disastrous impact the market; and two, ideas from the #BetterWay plan could reverse this course and improve access to quality, affordable health care. More on that hearing here.
- Last month, American Action Network (AAN) ran a survey to test whether the Democrats’ new slogan “Make American Sick Again” was registering with the American people. Unfortunately for the Left, it’s not. “Nearly six in 10 respondents say they do not believe that efforts to repeal Obamacare will make America sick again, including 65 percent of independents,” AAN’s Corry Bliss wrote, explaining why the average person is fed up with Obamacare’s failures and supports replacing it with a stronger system. Read the full piece here.
- A new GAO report stressed the importance of updating Medicaid’s oversight and data collection. Currently, less than half of states are submitting new, updated data to the program—resulting in misallocation of federal payments, among other blunders. As House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in a joint statement, “This GAO report reiterates that much work needs to be done to improve data integrity at CMS on the behalf of both taxpayer and patients.”
- Speaker Ryan discussed repealing and replacing Obamacare on PBS NewsHour: “Remember the promises of Obamacare: lower prices, more choices . . . those things did not happen. We believe we can make good on those kinds of promises, which is improve access to affordable health care coverage.” Watch his interview in full here. (Watching an interview doesn’t really count as a “helpful read,” but you get the gist.)
- ICYMI: Around 2:00 a.m. this morning, Dr. Tom Price was confirmed as the new secretary of HHS. Here’s Speaker Ryan’s full statement.
For more information on the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered, affordable health care reform, visit speaker.gov.