Mar 9, 2017
March 7, 2017 |
Speaker Ryan Press Office
From the start, we have been taking a step-by-step approach to repeal and replace Obamacare. Because building a better, patient-centered system is going to take more than just one bill.
As Speaker Ryan explained at his press conference, this approach has three overarching phases:
The American Health Care Act, which takes full advantage of the budget reconciliation process to avoid a Democratic filibuster;
Administration actions, notably by HHS Secretary Price, to stabilize the health insurance market, increase choices, and lower costs; and
Additional legislative policies, such as allowing individuals to purchase coverage across state lines, that by Senate rules cannot be included in a reconciliation bill.
Here’s how Speaker Ryan put it:
“Let me describe to you what the three phases are…Number one is this bill, which we use as reconciliation. As you all know, you can’t filibuster a reconciliation bill so this repeal and replace bill is what we pass through reconciliation…Phase two: all the regulatory flexibility that the Secretary of HHS has to deregulate the marketplace to lower the cost and stabilize the market…Phase three is to pass the bills that we want to pass that we cannot put in reconciliation because of those budget rules. What’s an example of that? Interstate shopping across state lines. We love that policy, we think it’s critical, but as you well know, you cannot put that in a budget reconciliation bill.”
“Achieving all of the President’s goals to reform healthcare will require more than what is possible in a budget reconciliation bill, as procedural rules on this type of legislation prevent inclusion of key policies such as selling insurance across state lines, lowering drug costs for patients, providing additional flexibility in Medicaid for states to manage their programs in a way that best serves their most vulnerable citizens, or medical legal reforms.”
Learn more about the American Health Care Act here
Mar 9, 2017
Updated: 2 hours ago
Published 17 hours ago
TANANA — When Iditarod musher Joe Carson peeled off his gloves, pieces of his frozen skin stuck to the fabric.
He held out his right hand outside at the checkpoint here early Wednesday morning. Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees below zero. His dogs slept on top of straw and underneath red-and-green fleece blankets. A layer of frost coated his hat, neck warmer and sled. Two of his fingers were missing slices of skin, revealing red, raw sores underneath.
“The skin is frozen inside of that glove. It froze there,” said the fourth-generation Alaskan who lives in McGrath and who pulled into Tanana at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday.
Overnight, temperatures remained far below zero in town and were lower along the trail.
While traveling on the Tanana River, Carson said his thermometer read 55 below. He kept water bottles tucked inside of his insulated coveralls to keep them from freezing and to stay hydrated. He kept his sled dog team in jackets and fed them fat along the trail — chicken fat, beaver fat, beef fat and tripe.
“We were going to camp, but it was just too cold,” said Carson, a 60-year-old Iditarod rookie. “I’ve got my thermometer on my sled and I’m looking at it going, ‘Oh, baby.’ “
While the front-runners raced out of Tanana before dawn Wednesday, Carson and more than a dozen other mushers remained in town by late morning. They fed their sled dogs in a snowy lot next to the community hall, periodically going inside to eat, warm up or try to nap.
Mar 9, 2017
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – Sen. Mike Lee has released a video to his constituents to highlight Congress’ use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal the BLM Planning 2.0 rule.
According to the BLM website, the Planning 2.0 initiative “aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology in our land use planning. … including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.”
Lee said the initiative would actually have a negative impact on local input.
“Instead of strengthening the relationship between the BLM and local officials,” Lee said, “(this rule) would have flouted the BLM’s legislative mandate by undermining coordination between the BLM and local officials, relaxing consistency standards and watering down state and local input in early planning stages where it is so important.”
Lee said a repeal is going to be sent to President Trump.
“Effective land management depends, of course, on collaboration and on trust between the federal government and between local officials at every step of the process. For this reason, I am relieved that Congress is going to send a repeal of this rule to President Trump’s desk. I am confident that he will have the support of many Utahns as he signs it.”
Sen. Mike Lee speaks out on BLM planning rule repeal
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