Overnight Healthcare: House panel plans to mark up ObamaCare repeal bill next week

Overnight Healthcare: House panel plans to mark up ObamaCare repeal bill next week
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a markup on ObamaCare repeal and replace legislation next week, according to panel member Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.).

Collins said that lawmakers on the Health subcommittee, such as himself, will be able to read a copy of the bill this Thursday and provide feedback.

Asked if the markup is coming next week, Collins said, "That's our plan, plans do change."

"That's why my staff will be reading the bill tomorrow to get ready for that," he added.

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Study finds GOP plans give low-income people less help than ObamaCare

A new study finds that financial assistance under proposed Republican replacement plans would provide significantly less help for low-income people than under ObamaCare.

The study from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the average tax credit to help people buy insurance would be at least 36 percent lower in 2020 under Republican replacement plans than under the Affordable Care Act.

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People who have higher incomes and are younger could end up getting more assistance under the GOP plans.

ObamaCare's tax credits are based on people's income, meaning that low-income people get higher assistance. The tax credits in a leaked draft House Republican plan and in a previous plan from then-Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), now the secretary of Health and Human Services, base their tax credits on age, meaning that people get the same amount of help regardless of their income.

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Rubio: Lack of GOP consensus on healthcare not a 'weakness'

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioMexican politicians have a new piñata: Donald Trump Bush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday insisted that GOP lawmakers' competing opinions on potential ObamaCare replacement plans are not a cause for concern but rather a matter of "good public policy."

"This notion that because there's five different ideas about it, that's a sign of weakness -- is ridiculous," Rubio said on "Fox & Friends."

"It's a good thing that there are a lot of different ideas. That means a lot of people are thinking about it. That's how you come up with good public policy. And somehow, nowadays, having different ideas and bringing them together and trying to figure out the right way forward is a sign of weakness. That's ridiculous."

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What we're reading

Losses mount for ObamaCare startup as repeal looms (Bloomberg)

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FDA may bristle at Trump's latest dig (Stat News)

State by state

Bill seeks to rein in Arkansas Medicaid program (Arkansas Online)

Ohioans lobby for Planned Parenthood funding (Cleveland.com)