Trump Presses To Deliver Healthcare Revision Again
Here we go again! Trumpcare revisited as the President worries about the approach of his first 100 days in office without delivering the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, a co-Chair of the moderate Tuesday Group are supposedly working on changes for ObamaCare replacement bill.
“According to a summary of the amendment obtained by Politico and confirmed to The Hill by MacArthur’s office, states would have the option to apply for waivers to opt out of some of ObamaCare’s core requirements. One of the limited waivers would allow insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions as long as the state also offered high-risk pool coverage. The measure would also allow states to repeal ObamaCare’s essential health benefits, which define the minimum benefits a plan can offer, including mental healthcare and prescription drugs.”
The change that might deliver more conservatives to approve Trumpcare would likely reduce support of moderate Republicans. Many in the Republican conference wanted to maintain ObamaCare’s protection for people with pre-existing conditions and many moderates also pledged to protect that provision at town halls over the recess. (Source “Moderate, conservative GOP leaders say they are nearing healthcare deal, by Peter Sullivan, The Hill, April 20, 2017 at http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/329662-moderate-conservative-gop-leaders-say-they-are-nearing-healthcare-deal)
Republicans have their hands full with preventing government shutdown next week so are not likely to want to undertake another potential defeat of health care legislation. Meanwhile the President is also promising tax reform in a hurry while legislators predict end of the year timeframe. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says tax bill will be done by year end. (Source: “Mnuchin Says Tax Overhaul Will Happen by Year’s End,” by Lynnley Browning and Saleha Mohsin, April 20, 2017, Bloomberg, at https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-20/mnuchin-says-tax-overhaul-plan-will-still-happen-by-year-s-end)
The President obviously doesn’t have a clue about the hard work of getting laws written, revised and passed and the time it takes. He likes laws by fiat or executive orders which he enjoys signing in front of cameras with large flourish of his marking pen.
Highlights of Bioscience Meetings Week of April 23, 2017
- PBSS Symposium, Monday, April 24, 2017, Topic: “Mechanistic Drug Metabolism for Drug Candidate Optimization – A Mini-symposium for Medicinal Chemists and DMPK Scientists,” Organizers: Cyrus Khojasteh and Donglu Zhang (Genentech)
- Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, April 25, 2017, Topic: “A Clinical Trial Roadmap: Who, What, When, and How – Practices, Perspectives and Personal Insights,” Speaker: David Larwood, CEO,Valley Fever Solutions
- BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, April 26, 2017. Topic: “The Right Medicine for the Right Patient – Challenges and Opportunities of Precision Medicine,” Speaker: Dietmar Berger, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Head of Clinical Development for Hematology/Oncology Product Development, Roche/Genentech
- WIB, Thursday Evening, April 27, 2017, Topic: “Hot Trends in Personalized Medicine,” Panel: Moderator, Amy Swanson, Illumina; Jackie Benson, J&J Innovations; Tara Maddala, Grail;Kristin McDonald Gibson, Invitae; Pam Garzone, Pfizer
You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through June 2017 with Audreys Picks April 23, 2017 FIN. You can download Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through April 23, 2017as well.