U.S. House begins work on first policies to change Obamacare
The first legislative effort to make changes to Obamacare got underway in the U.S. House of Representatives, the beginning of what is expected to be a long and contentious process, Bloomberg reported.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health panel is examining drafts of four bills Thursday that will likely serve as a basis for some of Republicans’ earliest moves to replace pieces of the massive health-care law that they’ve vowed to repeal.
“Together, the bills will play an important role in being among the first bricks placed in the rebuilding of our health-care system,” Republican members, including Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon, wrote in the newsletter Morning Consult.
Although Republicans and President Donald Trump have promised to rapidly undo the Affordable Care Act - a law that brought coverage to 20 million people since it was passed in 2010 - they have yet to agree on a way to dismantle or repair it.