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The surprising way Trump, IRS have made Obamacare worse

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The 2,409 pages of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are displayed for a photograph in 2010 in NY.

Since the controversial law's inception more than six years ago, congressional Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act.

Last year's promises by President Trump and Republican congressional leaders to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act - which the Obama administration said provided health coverage to 20 million previously uninsured residents - are on hold for now for several reasons. Trump said a complete repeal and replace plan will probably be revealed in March. Whatever occurs, Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will own this decision - and the consequences it causes to the American health-care system. What will happen to that rule in the Republican replacement for the law? Kevin Brady, R-TX, chair of the Ways and Means committee, and Greg Walden, R-Oregon, head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I also asked callers a simple poll question: Do you support Congress acting to repeal and replace Obamacare? Lawmakers are expected to return to work on February 27th.

Here is what is important for us all to understand: Obamacare is not simply stuck in some kind of status quo. But congressman Todd Rokita said other Americans saw their premiums go up, deductibles doubled, and were paying thousands of dollars into their health care - before getting any coverage. Do they deeply cut Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income people, or carve savings from Medicare, which serves the elderly? Any breaks in coverage could mean delayed care for her cancer and dire consequences for her health.

Ryan also said that the bill will address concern from some Republican Senators and governors from states that have expanded Medicaid.

The Trump administration proposed rules Wednesday created to stabilize the insurance market for those getting policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under the per capita payment proposal, federal funding per enrollee would be capped.

States would have the option to pursue block grants under this latest proposal.

Republicans made the repeal and replacement of Obamacare a major promise of their election campaigns past year.

David Cicilline held a roundtable discussion Friday morning examining how the ACA is now impacting Rhode Island residents, and how they would be affected if President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans succeed in repealing the act.

The GOP outline is here, but you might as well save yourself the trouble of clicking the link.

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