After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a Republican-controlled Congress, the Trump administration is seizing on a different strategy for dismantling the law, one fraught with political risk. It is asking a court to throw out major elements, including hugely popular provisions that protect sick people from being denied health insurance or charged higher rates.
Last fall, Kim Wagenaar started to plan how she would close the health clinic she runs in rural North Carolina — when Congress let funding lapse for thousands of centers like hers 124 days ago and counting.
Robert Costa discussed the latest details in the Russia probe with The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and Mark Mazzetti from The New York Times, broke down the new Medicaid work requirement with Reid Wilson from The Hill, and recapped President Trump’s first year in office with this week’s panelists.
With the passage of their tax overhaul, Republicans in Congress have repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, delivering their first major blow against the law and imperiling the insurance marketplaces where millions of Americans buy health coverage.
Right now, there is an executive order from the president to allow plans with similar features to be sold across the country. Much of the work of implementing that policy would fall to someone like Azar at Health and Human Services, which deals with most insurance regulations. When I think of the future of HHS under Azar, I think about regulations like this one.
Maine is the first state to expand Medicaid during the Trump administration, and also the first to do so via a ballot initiative rather than legislation. This offers a possible playbook for health care advocates in other states looking to extend coverage but stymied by political opposition.
President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will be announced on Monday, July 9, with fanfare. Trump told reporters in recent days that he is planning to reveal his pick during television’s primetime that evening. Trump’s friends tell me he hopes the moment is drenched with drama, the trappings of the presidency — and good lighting.