Members of the 115th Congress started off their term by establishing rules for their own operations, and for how they will go about considering proposals for repealing and changing “Obamacare.”
Many critics of “Obamacare” have been vague about what exactly they mean when they refer to “Obamacare.”
Some people use “Obamacare” to include both of the laws included in the two-law Affordable Care Act package, including many provisions which have no direct relationship with health insurance, such as programs for helping would-be doctors, nurses and medical assistants pay for their education.
Other “Obamacare” critics seem to use the word to refer only to the ACA commercial health insurance rules and mandates, the ACA public exchange system, and, possibly, the ACA Medicaid expansion program.
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In one section of the House operating rules package, House leaders set a special budget impact rule for consideration of any measure that would repeal or change the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.
I think it would be great if congressional leaders could add some health insurer stabilization provisions.