Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 15, 2017

Budget Reconciliation Process Used to Repeal Obamacare

Major GOP Assault Using Budget Reconciliation Process to Void Affordable Care Act Underway

Both the GOP controlled Senate and House of Representatives have now started the process of ACA repeal using budget process called budget reconciliation. Both the budget and the follow up “reconciliation” bill can pass the Senate by a simple majority vote after limited debate versus face Democratic filibuster requiring 60 votes to pass. Several Republicans have expressed concern of repealing the act without a viable replacement. GOP leadership claims they will move quickly to replace it but haven’t offered a timeline. Insurers will take action as soon as they see likelihood of repeal occurring. This alone can be tragic for health care for so many Americans.

Some suggest that some pieces of the law such as mandating that insurance companies cover people with pre-exiting medical conditions, cannot be modified in a fast-track reconciliation measure being used by the Congress. You are probably receiving requests to sign petitions and donate money to inform Congressmen and women who don’t understand the financials of the ACA. In simple terms between 20 and 30 million Americans will lose coverage with repeal, but that shocking number hasn’t slowed down the rhetoric and sounds bites of repeal and replace.

There are so many attacks on progressive values and established programs like the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid all at once based on Republican leadership strategy of moving all actions so fast that Democrats and citizens can’t respond effectively. They are interconnected. If one destroys the progress made with the ACA in achieving fuller medical access to our citizens, other long standing programs like Medicare and Medicaid are at risk.

Remember the Affordable Health Care is flawed in eyes of Republicans who worry about business interests being threatened. The Congress rejected a single-payer approach which would do away with our market-placed system which raises the cost of health care. Republicans are repealing it before they know what might eventually take its place. Under an incoming President without any seeming civic interests, the Congress for the most part is turning a deaf ear to crisis that could result from their actions.

Committed opposition can defeat the GOP plans to ramrod this legislation and appointment of Tom Price as head of health agency. Call, write, sign petitions, attend town halls, organize protests and get to know aides who listen to reason. Be polite, persuasive – and persistent.  There are several events underway in our area today and this week.
(“Republican ACA Repeal Bill Would Unravel the Market Even Before It Goes into Effect,” written by Topher Spiro and Thomas Huelskoetter,Nov. 16, 2016, at

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Events Week of Jan. 15, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 17, 2017, Topic: “Supply Chains for New Product Introductions, “ Speaker: Farzin Shadpour, Head of Global Supply Chain & Procurement, Theranos
  • WIB, JP Morgan Conference Wrap Up, Wednesday Morning, January 18, 2017
  • HBA San Francisco Bay Area, Thursday Evening, Jan. 19, 2017; Event: “Insights and Trends from the 2017 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference”
  • Women’s March, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017;The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. There are two local marches on January 21 – one in Oakland and one in San Francisco. These events are not sponsored by AWIS, but we encourage your participation. Oakland: 10am – 3pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017. Visit the Facebook Oakland event page for more information.San Francisco: 4pm – 9pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017. Visit the Facebook San Francisco event page for more information. There are also events in San Jose.

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2017 with audreys-picks-jan-15-2017.



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