WashingtonWatch.com Digest – January 18, 2011
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On the Blog: Obamacare Repeal—Process and Politics
The most significant debates in Washington seem both like fights among schoolchildren and the most important signals about the direction of the country. So it is with the proposal to repeal Obamacare. We unpack the process and the politics in: “Obamacare Repeal: For Show or For Real?“
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A week later than planned, the House is scheduled to debate H.R. 2, The Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act this week. The bill would repeal Public Law 111-148, often called “Obamacare.”
Among other things, Obamacare established a mandate to buy health insurance; set up a federal insurance subsidy system; expanded eligibility for Medicaid; reduced the growth of Medicare’s payment rates for most services; imposed an excise tax on insurance plans with high premiums; and made various other changes to the federal tax code, to Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs.
No cost estimate for the repeal bill, H.R. 2, is available yet.
The House will also debate H. Res. 9, which would instruct congressional committees to report legislation to replace the “job-killing health care law.”
Passage of H. Res. 9 would have no significant costs.
The Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
H. Res. 9
Instructing certain committees to report legislation replacing the job-killing health care law
What People Think
Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.
The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act of 2009
Costs $0.12 per family
The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
Costs $12.53 per family
The National Alzheimer’s Project Act
Costs $0.02 per family
The Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010
Costs $0.18 per family
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010
Costs $18.86 per family
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Federal responsibility for stormwater pollution
A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Commerce Drive in Tyrone, Georgia, as the “First Lieutenant Robert Wilson Collins Post Office Building”
The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act
Costs $0.00 per family
A bill to authorize leases of up to 99 years for lands held in trust for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
Costs $0.00 per family
A bill to clarify the National Credit Union Administration authority to make stabilization fund expenditures without borrowing from the Treasury
The Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
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