Posted by: Audrey Erbes | March 4, 2017

Republican Efforts to Steam Roll Repeal and Replace Obamacare Hitting Obstacles

Republican Efforts to Steam Roll Repeal and Replace Obamacare Hitting Obstacles

The Republican leadership, especially, Paul Ryan has been almost gleeful about their party’s positioning right now to achieve their economic programs which seek to turn the clock back on liberal social programs and other trends they want to reverse under their leadership. They may do some unfortunate things in their attempt to stop the inevitable trends in the U.S. but they aren’t expected to succeed in the end. They can’t take away health insurance from 32 million Americans without some consequences to their political viability.

Taking healthcare entitlement programs back to earlier times with far less people insured, higher prices for the least able to pay for it, poorer quality healthcare for all and higher death rates due to poor quality health care is not likely in the end. Once Americans like a program we know historically the Congress can’t take it away. “The chaos surrounding Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act illustrates just how difficult this rollback would be. The idea of repealing the ACA first and coming up with a replacement later died quickly, forcing Republicans to confront the fact that they cannot agree on what the new plan should be. Some want to keep the Medicaid expansion, some balk at requiring higher deductibles, some worry about reducing subsidies, and many fear political damage from throwing millions of people off health insurance. The disunity of the repeal forces is so palpable that former House Speaker John Boehner, who once led the charge to repeal the ACA, now admits that repeal is “not going to happen” and that “most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act” will remain in place.”(Source: Things look bleak for liberals now. But they’ll beat Trump in the end. He and his movement will fade, and the values and priorities of the left will eventually triumph by Ruy Teixeira, Washington Post, March 3, 2017 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/03/03/optimistic-leftist/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6504f57b1f42)

Highlights of Bay Area Life Science Events for Week of March 5, 2017

  • JLABS, Tuesday Morning, March 7, 2017, Topic: “Value of Biotechnology Business,” Speaker: John Selig | Managing Partner, Mavericks Capital
  • BMES and B2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, March 7, 2017, Event: BMES and B2DG for a Happy Hour

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through May 2017 with audreys-picks-march-5-2017.

Audrey

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