Erin Mershon

Obamacare in Alaska: Cost-Control Plan Is Challenging but Working
Might be difficult to duplicate in other states

JUNEAU, Alaska — It’s hard to get excited about a health insurance premium spike.

But for Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska’s blunt but friendly state insurance commissioner, the decision by the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan to raise its rates by just 7 percent was a moment of joy.

House Defends Delaying Major Obamacare Lawsuit
Democrats contend payment doubts create health care industry uncertainty

Senate Staff Beginning to Draft Health Care Bill Over This Week’s Recess
Leaders say there's enough to get started, but no final agreement

Senate leadership staff will huddle this week with their colleagues on three key committees to begin drafting the chamber’s legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

“The drafting process is going to get underway,” said John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Senate Republican. “Now we have enough direction, we’ve had enough meetings, we’ve got enough input from our members to know sort of what the main issues are, and kind of where the moving points are and how we can dial things. We’ll start putting stuff together and get it out there and let people react to it.”

Trump Seeks Further Delay in Health Care Subsidy Lawsuit
Insurance plans, Democrats say uncertainty will continue

The Trump administration again delayed a decision in a major case that could upend the health insurance markets created by the 2010 health care law, in a motion filed in federal court Monday.

Justice Department lawyers asked in the motion for another 90-day delay in a case that centers on about $7 billion of annual subsidies that are aimed at making health care services more affordable for low-income people who gained coverage under the 2010 law.

House GOP Optimistic Ahead of Health Care Vote
‘There were a lot of smiles in the room today’

By ERIN MERSHON and KERRY YOUNG, CQ Roll Call

House Republicans started celebrating early Thursday, ahead of their vote to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

House Schedules Vote on Health Care Bill
GOP leaders feel good about vote count

BY ERIN MERSHON AND LINDSEY MCPHERSON

The House will vote Thursday afternoon on the Republican plan to overhaul the health care system.

Key Republicans Flip on Health Care After Trump Meeting
Holdouts Fred Upton, Billy Long switch after White House confab

BY ERIN MERSHON AND LINDSEY McPHERSON

Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan switched his position to support the Republican health care bill after President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday morning to a policy change that could provide $8 billion in funding to some states to help lower costs for sick people and those with pre-existing conditions whom insurance companies could charge more in premiums under the measure.

Key Republican Members Talk Health Care Deal With Trump
High-profile holdouts Upton and Long discuss changes to bill

By Erin Mershon and Lindsey McPherson/CQ Roll Call

Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, the most high-profile holdouts on the Republican health care overhaul, are meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday morning to discuss a policy change that could bring them on board with the plan.

GOP May Again Change Health Care Proposal As They Seek Votes

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ ROLL CALL

House Republicans still hope to vote on their health care overhaul next week, though lawmakers said Friday they may need further changes to scrape together enough votes to pass it.

McCarthy: No Health Care Vote Friday or Saturday
‘We’ve been educating people on health care’

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON

Updated 11:00 p.m. 04/27/17

GOP Health Care Bill Picks up ‘A Few’ Moderate Supporters
Vote on Friday possible if more support comes together

By ERIN MERSHON, JOE WILLIAMS and LINDSEY McPHERSON 
CQ Roll Call

House leadership secured the support of a few moderate holdouts for their health care bill during a late-night meeting Wednesday.

Moderates Hedge On New Obamacare Repeal Amendment

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ ROLL CALL

Moderate Republicans are not embracing the latest Republican amendment to the party’s GOP health care overhaul.

Pence Pitches Ideas to Build Support for Health Care Bill
Vice president met with House Freedom Caucus members

Vice President Mike Pence pitched moderate House Republicans on a change in Republicans’ stalled health care legislation in a Monday afternoon meeting at the White House, the first in a series of planned meetings this week that are aimed at reviving the chamber’s efforts to pass legislation replacing the 2010 health care law.

Later Monday, Pence met with House Freedom Caucus members on the same proposal, an effort that attendees said was aimed at setting up a vote on the legislation as early as this week.

Republicans Reverse Course, Open Door To Another Health Care Debate
Ryan: ‘We are all going to work together and listen together until we get this right’

By ERIN MERSHON, JOE WILLIAMS and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ Roll Call

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday he isn’t abandoning his quest to overhaul the 2010 health care law, even after his first attempt to pass such legislation ended in catastrophic failure on Friday.

New CBO Estimate Does Little to Woo Critics
Pelosi: ‘As bad as TrumpCare already was, the Manager’s Amendment is crueler to Medicaid recipients‘

By ERIN MERSHON and JOE WILLIAMS, CQ Roll Call

An updated bill from House Republicans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law would save the government less than half as much as the prior version, but wouldn’t result in any more people keeping their insurance coverage or lower premiums, according to a new analysis of the legislation released Thursday.

McConnell: ‘We’re Not Slowing Down’ on Obamacare Repeal

BY ERIN MERSHON and JOE WILLIAMS, CQ Roll Call

This story originally appeared on CQ.com.

Trumpcare: Big Bills in Small Towns

In the southeast Georgia town of Statesboro, J. Wayne Collingsworth is fed up.

Collingsworth and his wife Kathy have watched their health insurance premiums jump from about $1,000 per month in 2015 to $1,550 per month this year. Last year the couple, who buy their insurance through HealthCare.gov, had to switch from a Humana plan they liked to a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia plan after their original insurer stopped selling coverage in their area. Their new plan also doesn’t pay for all the medications their previous insurer covered.

Democrats Won’t Make Obamacare Repeal Debates Easy
Lawmakers set to offer dozens of politically tough amendments in markups

House Democrats are gearing up to make Wednesday’s dueling health care committee debates as painful as possible for Republicans.

The minority members on two committees, Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce, will march to the concurrent markups of the new Republican plan to overhaul the 2010 health care law armed with dozens of politically tough amendments, staffers and outside groups told CQ Roll Call.

Sen. Mike Lee: House Proposal to Replace Obamacare a ‘Horrible Idea’
Repeal first, then decide what’s next, Utah Republican says

BY ERIN MERSHON AND JOE WILLIAMS, CQ ROLL CALL

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday criticized a House proposal to include provisions that would “replace” the 2010 health care law in a repeal measure, calling it “a horrible idea.”

Groups Join Forces to Protect Job-Provided Health Insurance

Republicans are ramping up their consideration of a controversial policy to reduce tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance, drawing increasing ire from a diverse coalition of business and labor groups.

The idea of scaling back the tax benefits for the more than 155 million people who get their coverage at work is generating so much concern that it has united those groups in staunch opposition.