Oh, just Trump real estate, laundering money for the Iran Revolutionary Guard, nothing to see here.
House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law. It’s amazingly bad.
The House Republican bill would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states, effective in January 2020. The bill would effectively scrap the Affordable Care Act’s unpopular “individual mandate,” eliminating tax penalties for people who go without health insurance. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to their full-time employees would also be eliminated.
People who let their insurance coverage lapse, however, would face a significant penalty. Insurers could increase their premiums by 30 percent, and in that sense, Republicans would replace a penalty for not having insurance with a new penalty for allowing insurance to lapse.
Instead of paying a tax to the government, which is tyranny, you'll pay a penalty to a corp, which is freedom https://t.co/LkS2Fsvpvr
— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) March 6, 2017
This isn't a joke. A tenth of the GOP Affordable Care Act replacement is dedicated to stripping "high dollar lottery winners" of Medicaid. https://t.co/TP0VZsdVoC
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 6, 2017
ThinkProgress has a rundown. See also: Why House Republicans Are Rewriting Their Obamacare ‘Replacement’: the CBO estimates 10 to 20 million people would lose their employer-sponsored insurance. And in other news, CBO: Obamacare Costing The Feds A Third Less Than Expected.
Cabinet & Federal Appointees
Sessions updates testimony to Congress, insists he was ‘correct’ to say he had no communication with Russians in campaign. Franken is going to eviscerate him for this.
In bizarre first speech to HUD, Carson hints at skepticism on civil rights protections. He also described victims of the Atlantic slave trade as “immigrants.”
‘Economic terrorism’ bill would toughen penalties on protesters who block roads, damage property. ‘Economic terrorism’ is the new code phrase for ‘protests we don’t like.’
Immigration and Travel
Predictably, since employees were told to stay home this morning, no one at DHS is answering FOIA requests.