Week ahead: Obama, GOP offer healthcare promises for 2016

2016 is here and everyone from President Obama and GOP leaders to the Chamber of Commerce will be laying out their healthcare priorities in the coming week. 

Expect to hear plenty of new promises on healthcare -- which could be pivotal in an election cycle that stands to permanently cement ObamaCare. 

The most-awaited event is undoubtedly Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

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While the White House has hinted the speech will look at broader themes beyond 2016, no details have been released, unlike last year's strategy of rolling out numerous policy proposals before the address.

Obama is likely to use the speech to highlight higher-than-expected enrollment figures for healthcare plans this year. More than 11.3 million people signed up for 2016, topping the administration's internal target.

He will likely also take a swing at Republicans in Congress, who sent a bill repealing most of ObamaCare to his desk this week. A veto is expected within days.

One day after the joint address to Congress, Republicans will gather in Baltimore for their annual retreat. From Wednesday night to Friday, GOP leaders say they're hoping to build an agenda for 2016 from the "bottom-up."

Healthcare -- and, specifically, how to craft a replacement plan for ObamaCare -- is likely to be a big focus, according to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE's (R-Wis.) office.

On Thursday, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue will deliver his own speech laying out the year's priorities. The speech, titled "The State of the American Business," will likely touch on new healthcare priorities after securing temporary victories against the so-called Cadillac tax.

Tune in Monday evening for more about 2016 business priorities -- particularly the reform of taxes and healthcare delivery -- as House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin BradyKevin BradyOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel Senate expected to pass Russia sanctions bill for a second time White House pressuring House GOP to weaken Russia sanctions bill: report MORE (R-Texas) takes the stage at a Politico Morning Money event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

There will also be plenty of chatter about what's ahead for ObamaCare at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference -- including from a top health department official.

Andy Slavitt, the acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will give a speech to the conference on Monday addressing why the ObamaCare marketplaces are good for insurers.  


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