Republicans say they plan to pass a bill to overhaul the federal health law in the 17 days between when Congress convenes and Inauguration Day. But past congressional budget veterans say that could prove to be very difficult.
Privatizing the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled and turning the Medicaid program for the poor back to the states are long-time goals for Republicans in Congress and the White House.
The effect of “repeal and replace” could have greatest consequences for hospitals. They accepted lower federal funding under the law because their uncompensated care was expected to fall as more people became insured.
Republicans will likely chip away at the ACA piecemeal and say they will try to provide a soft exit.
Some “must-pass” health legislation next year could give the new administration a vehicle for proposals that might not be able to clear political or procedural hurdles on their own.
Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents support making sure high-cost drugs for chronic conditions are affordable.
Although many consumers are feeling the heat from increased health care spending, the overall bill may not be larger.
Since President Barack Obama has used executive authority many times to help stabilize the law, Trump could likely reverse those decisions and undermine the law.
Drug prices rise for a variety of reasons but opportunities for the government to control them is limited.
Sexually active teenagers are more likely to use birth control and are choosing forms that are more effective, a study finds. Births to teens dropped by 36 percent from 2007 to 2013.