Mar 6, 2017

The biggest holdups with Obamacare replacement

John Minchillo / AP

While we're waiting for the big Obamacare repeal and replacement bills to drop — which could happen as soon as today — the New York Times' Margot Sanger-Katz has a good rundown of the most important last-minute sticking points:

  • How to restructure Medicaid and phase out the expansion.
  • How to design the tax credits.
  • How to pay for it. (Probably by limiting the tax break for employer health coverage.)

Why it matters: If you try to read the whole bill when it's posted, you'll be overwhelmed — so start with these three things. We'd add one more: See if they're still going to try to cut back Obamacare's "essential health benefits," which may or may not be doable in the budget "reconciliation" bill they're using as the vehicle. And one more big one: Look for the effective dates.

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