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David Nather Feb 16, 2017
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Big questions on House Republican Obamacare plan still unresolved

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The House Republican briefing on their most likely Obamacare replacement plans was a bit of an anticlimax. Republicans who emerged from the briefing said there were major elements still under discussion, like what kind of Medicaid reform it would include and how they'd pay for the package.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady said he and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden gave their colleague "a very in-depth view of what the replacement will be," including health savings accounts, high-risk pools to cover sick people, and "greater state control of health care."

But he said a basic question — whether Medicaid would be restructured as a block grant or as per-person funding limits — was "still under discussion," as were the possible ways to pay for the package. (A briefing document says the Medicaid package will include both per-capita caps and block grants.)