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Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 estimated to increase number of uninsured by 32 million

Follow up to previous posting of May 24, 2017 – CBO Analysis of American Health Care Act of 2017, on July 19, 2017 CBO the cost estimate on H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017: “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting this legislation would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 32 million in 2026 relative to current law.” [emphasis added]

See also: “A new state-by-state analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines federal Medicaid spending changes under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which would phase out enhanced Medicaid expansion funding and use an annual per enrollee cap on federal funds for most Medicaid enrollees in all states. The analysis finds federal spending would decline by $519.4 billion between 2020 and 2029, including reductions of $119.8 billion in California, $19.9 billion in Illinois, $11 billion in Indiana, $4.3 billion in Nevada, $3.4 billion in West Virginia and $1.2 billion in Maine.  The figures in the analysis, which assumes Medicaid expansion states keep their expansions, highlight how much of their own money states would need to spend to keep their Medicaid programs going at current levels in the face of the federal cuts. Of the $519.4 billion in federal Medicaid spending reductions, about $302 billion would be attributable to the phase-out of Medicaid expansion funding and $218 billion to the per enrollee caps. A second analysis finds that repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion with no replacement plan – a straight repeal that would eliminate the statutory authority to cover childless adults as well as the enhanced federal funds to support the expansion – would result in reductions of federal Medicaid funding of $700.3 billion from 2020 to 2026 compared to what Medicaid expansion states would have received under current law. In 2026, the reduction to states would be $120.6 billion, and 17.6 million fewer people would have Medicaid coverage that year. Spending reductions per state range from $180.4 billion over the period in California to $1.4 billion in North Dakota, and include reductions of $25.9 billion in Kentucky, $8.6 billion in Nevada and $6.4 billion in West Virginia.”

Another week another Senate health care bill

Follow up to multiple previous postings included here – Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – today via the Washington Post – Revised Senate health-care bill still lacks the votes to pass: “The Senate GOP’s latest attempt to rewrite the Affordable Care Act showed few signs… Continue Reading

GPO’s beta website research update for July 2017

July 6, 2017 – Links to related bills on Congressional Record details pages, RSS notifications, link service “Highlights from this release include links from Congressional Record Details pages to related bills, a variety of enhancements based on feedback from users, thumbnails in search results, pagination for optimized browsing, in-context help information, new developer tools including… Continue Reading

Collaborative investigative report on rollback of federal regulations

The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams – “In February, President Trump ordered federal agencies to form task forces charged with finding regulations to weaken or eliminate. While the names of appointees to executive-agency task forces are typically made public, some agencies are refusing to reveal who is on their panels. The New York… Continue Reading

VA fires over 500 federal employees

FCW.com – “In the wake of landmark workforce legislation giving the Veterans Affairs secretary new authority to fire and discipline employees [H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017], the agency released a list of adverse personnel actions from the past six months. VA isn’t naming names, but the adverse action report released July 3… Continue Reading

POGO – FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Via POGO: [On July 4, 2017] “the Act quietly turns 51, compared to last year’s celebration at the signing of the FOIA Improvement Act by then-President Obama. The FOIA Improvement Act included some great updates to the landmark access-to-information law, like improved requirements for agencies to proactively post documents online and a new standard of… Continue Reading

LC Drawing Justice Gallery Talk on Legal Research

In Custodia Legis, Margaret Wood: “Last week, I had the honor to give a gallery talk on the Library of Congress exhibit, Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration.  As a co-curator for the exhibit, I had helped in doing legal research for information about the cases portrayed by the drawings in the exhibit.  At… Continue Reading

Congress.gov’s Default Search Operator is now AND instead of OR

In Custodia Legis – Robert Brammer: “Congress.gov’s release 3.4 was deployed on Monday, June 26, 2017. With this new release, you may have noticed a change in your search results. This is because the default search operator on the global and advanced search form is now AND instead of OR.  For example, if you searched national park from… Continue Reading

Appropriations Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public

POGO: “The Project On Government Oversight has long advocated for free and open public access to the publicly funded Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, and is happy to say that the day anyone can access a CRS report may soon be here. In the proposed appropriations for the CRS released yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee… Continue Reading

Implementation of Agreement between US and China on Science and Technology

U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2016-03522 Doc No. C06306089 Date: 05/11/2017 UNCLASSIFIED – Implementation of Agreement between the United States and China on Science and Technology Public Law 107-314. [via FAS] “Federal agencies continued to advance a range of U.S. objectives during the reporting period between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015. During… Continue Reading

GOP stalls vote on repeal and replace of Obama health care act

Follow up to previous postings cited in Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – tonight via Dan Balz, the Washington Post – ‘Repeal and replace’ was once a unifier for the GOP. Now it’s an albatross. “After seven years, Republicans’ promise to overhaul the Affordable Care… Continue Reading

Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans

Follow up to previous posting – Senate Republicans release draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, today via the CBO – “The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, a… Continue Reading