John Boehner says swift Obamacare repeal, replace is just 'happy talk'

"This failed law is crippling the American economy and crushing the American people".

Still, this is just a draft, and changes could be made before any bill is proposed before the House. Of note, in a February 21 brief to clients, Ralph Giacobbe, a securities analyst for Citi, pointed out that eight states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA also included statutory triggers to cease their expansion programs should Congress reduce the enhanced federal match below levels guaranteed by the ACA.

"[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare - I shouldn't call it repeal-and-replace, because it's not going to happen", Boehner said, according to a report by Politico. Republicans in Congress are also ideologically opposed to regulating prices and argue that permitting insurers to sell policies across state lines would encourage competition and pull down costs.

New Jersey has a Republican governor but it expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.

Moreover, Boehner says he "should've never called it 'repeal and replace'". Congressman Liz Cheney said she's watching the issue closely. "It felt like I was kicked in the stomach when Trump won because I knew what that meant" about repeal.

"We've got to figure out a way that people are consumers in the marketplace", he said.

Some 21 million people have gained coverage under the ACA, and contentious town hall meetings and marches are revealing what Republicans always feared: once people have a benefit, it is very hard to take it away.




"Despite all the fear-mongering from the left, make no mistake about it: we'll have an orderly transition to a better healthcare system that finally puts the American people first", Vice President Mike Pence promised the crowd at Thursday's Conservative Political Action Convention. "That we're not in a position where we're pulling the rug out from under folks". Currently, Obamacare limits insurers to charging older customers three times more.

During the 2016 open enrollment period, more than 9.2 million people signed up for coverage in the 39 states that use the HealthCare.gov Marketplace operated by the federal government, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Crafting, passing and fully implementing the replacement plan, he said, "will take a while to formulate".

"Repeal of our existing framework, without a clear picture of what will replace it, is a recipe for disaster for health care in America", Adela Flores-Brennan, the executive director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel this year. That's why the Republicans have to reach out to some of the Democrats.

"Oh no, I've known that this is a very hard task with a lot of different opinions, at least one for every senator so I'm just trying to coordinate it".

"Of course we'll get it".

At the end of the transition to a replacement program, however, they would receive the smaller portion than they get from traditional Medicaid, the summary said.

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