Health Care After Action Review


Dear Friends –

Wow.  What turbulent, and interesting, times we have lived through over the past few months as federal policymakers have debated the future of the Affordable Care Act.  With the fiscal year ending Friday, Republicans’ latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare (the “Graham-Cassidy” bill) also came up short this week. The focus will now shift to tax reform, re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and extension of expiring Medicare “extenders.”

Some Republicans are calling for renewed repeal efforts, perhaps under a fresh budget resolution.  The President reportedly is considering an Executive Order to encourage insurance sales across state lines.  And bipartisan discussions continue in Congress simultaneously on whether and how to stabilize ACA individual insurance markets.  But all of these seem like a long shot.  To me, it’s clear that at least we will be taking a well-deserved Obamacare time out.

So, it seemed like a good time to share with you my thoughts on why the GOP’s repeal push fell short, and what I would recommend Republican policymakers reflect upon as “lessons learned” from this endeavor as they contemplate their next moves. Hope this is helpful, and look forward to your feedback.

Link here to read: Health Care Reform: After Action Review-Why GOP Efforts To Repeal ObamaCare Collapsed & Where We Go From Here


Dean Rosen, Partner
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
Washington, DC

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