House panel to markup ObamaCare repeal bill next week, lawmaker says


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. 

{mosads}Lobbyist sources, as well, said they had heard that the markup is scheduled for March 8. 

A spokesman for the Energy and Commerce Committee declined to comment. 

The markup shows that Republicans are pushing forward with their repeal and replace legislation even as divisions in their party remain on issues such as Medicaid expansion and a refundable tax credit. 

Still, the plan could always change, as Collins notes. 

Collins added that, just as in a leaked draft from last month, the bill will repeal the extra federal funds for ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, starting in 2020. He said that after that point, if a state wanted to add new enrollees in Medicaid expansion, they would only get the lower, traditional rate of federal funds, known as the FMAP. 

It would be hard for states to keep the expansion under such a scenario, since they would have to pour in more of their own money. 

“The day will come when if a state chooses to have the expansion and they sign up new people, it’s going to have to be at the traditional FMAP for whatever that state is,” Collins said. 

He also added that he does not think a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill will be ready by the time of the markup. That analysis shows items like how much the bill would cost and how many people could lose coverage. 

“It looks like unfortunately, based on the delays, we may be marking this up and voting on it before we have a score,” Collins said. 

He said that he hoped the CBO score is ready by the time the bill got through a “three-week timeframe” to get to the Budget and the Rules Committees. 

“We can’t sit back and wait for these scores to come out for three more weeks before we start what’s a three-week process,” he said.

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