Collins leading effort to delay votes on Affordable Care Act repeal

Collins leading effort to delay votes on Affordable Care Act repeal

But many consumer are anxious, and officials said Tuesday that federal call centers have fielded more than 35,000 inquiries from Americans who have asked whether they will have coverage next year under a Trump administration. But some Republicans are raising concerns that a replacement may never happen if it is delayed. They have promised to repeal it on Inauguration Day.

"I am shocked they don't have a plan", said former Pennsylvania Sen Rick Santorum on 'State of the Union.

Not so long ago elected officials in Washington told us that they were going to fix our healthcare. Paul said he spoke with Trump for approximately 15 minutes Friday and the two agreed on the need for replacement. That many losing access to health care would be a catastrophe and would translate into 22,000 (preventable) deaths a year.

In a speech Monday at the National Press Club, US Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell puzzled over the GOP's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having replacement legislation at the ready.

Nationally, about 11.5 million people had signed up for marketplace coverage as of December 24. In California alone, 3.5 million people were able to enroll in Medi-Cal under the Obama plan.

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According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 28 percent of those surveyed want a replacement announced before lawmakers repeal the current health law - a fifth of respondents said the law needs to be repealed now.

"You'll see a total repeal of a fundamentally flawed system which literally is caving in on itself", Fleischmann said, adding that big premium jumps some people are seeing are a symptom. Which would spread all the problems of Obamacare with none of the benefits.

In just ten days, Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States. You've got to have a plan, right? CNN reported that Rand Paul is planning on introducing an alternative solution in the "coming days", and Republicans have made it clear that they have every intention of not leaving Obamacare as it now stands.

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. Next, we can work together to finally find a replacement that puts people in charge of their own care, expands choices and keeps costs low.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, is one of the members pushing for a simultaneous repeal and replace bill. In practical terms, this week's measure wouldn't actually affect the law, so much as it would give Congress permission to circumvent a filibuster when repealing some elements of the reform law.