House GOP Positioning This Week

 

 

THIS WEEK IN CONFERENCE

 

  • Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Conference on Wednesday evening about the historic moment we have right now to repeal and replace Obamacare.
  • HHS Secretary Tom Price met with House Republican Members on Thursday morning to discuss his plans for administrative reforms.

 

"Americans deserve a health care system. One that’s going to work for them -- and we’re not going to stop until they get it."

 

 

TOPLINE MESSAGES

 

CBO Confirms AHCA Lowers Premiums, Increases Choices 

The CBO’s estimate shows that the legislation advances the core goals of our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare:

  • Lowers premiums by 10 percent. 
  • Reduces the federal deficit by $337 billion. 
  • Makes major entitlement reform, capping Medicaid spending for the first time, saving taxpayers $880 billion. 
  • Lowers taxes by $883 billion, providing massive tax relief for middle-income Americans and small business owners. 

This report does not take into account additional steps Congress and the Trump administration are taking that will further lower costs and increase choices for families. 

  • As an example, HHS Secretary Tom Price wrote a letter to governors offering additional flexibility to improve market stabilization and affordable choices. 

We appreciate concerns about making sure people have access to coverage.

  • The CBO report purports that most of the drop in coverage is attributed to repeal of the individual mandate. 
  • Under our plan, there will be a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them. 
  • People who do not receive coverage through work or a government program will be provided with a tax credit to help purchase the plan of their choice. 
  • We are committed to making sure that every American has access to quality, affordable coverage. 

Obamacare has proven that government-mandated coverage does not equal access to care, and now the law is collapsing.

  • Our plan repeals Obamacare’s flawed subsidies, which left millions of low- and middle-income Americans behind. 
  • Instead of being forced to buy expensive, one-size-fits-all coverage, people will be able to buy a plan they want and can afford. More choices mean lower premiums, as this report shows.
 

OUTSIDE VOICES

 

 

Americans for Tax Reform on CBO’s projected tax cut:

The repeal bill's net tax cut: $883 billion over the next ten years.

 

Mercatus Center study on the coverage effects of the ACA:
The claim that the ACA has resulted in coverage increases of 20 million non-elderly adults since its enactment is likely overstated.

 

Avik Roy in Forbes:
CBO has poor track record with Obamacare’s exchanges and ascribes near-magical powers to the individual mandate.

 

National Taxpayers Union’s issue brief:
With clear evidence that CBO’s determinations have serious, demonstrable impacts upon the prospects of bills in Congress, and that its major assumptions regarding coverage have been questioned, it is imperative that these determinations be accurate and transparent to taxpayers.

Manhattan Institute's Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Insurance companies don't want to sell Obamacare-compliant plans and people don't want to buy them. Under the Republican plan companies will offer plans people want to buy and enrollment will rise. 

 

 

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