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Web Briefing for Journalists: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

Web Briefing for Journalists: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

With passage of budget resolutions in the House and Senate, Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are underway. Key issues for Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration have emerged around how quickly to move forward with partial repeal of the ACA through a budget reconciliation measure and whether replacement proposals should be considered simultaneous with a repeal debate. A variety of Congressional repeal proposals have been floated – including one by Rep. Tom Price, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services — but none have yet come up for a vote.

On Wednesday, January 25, the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a web briefing for journalists to answer questions and sort through possible scenarios for repealing and replacing the ACA, including implications for coverage, the insurance market, the Medicaid program, and women’s health.

Panelists included Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives and co-executive director of the Foundation’s Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance; Usha Ranji, the Foundation’s associate director for women’s health policy; Diane Rowland, the Foundation’s executive vice president. Rakesh Singh, the Foundation’s vice president for communications, moderated.