But even if the ACA disappeared, the government would still have a giant footprint in health and disease research. The National Institutes of Health’s annual budget and what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pays out for kidney dialysis both equal about $35 billion.
“Tax reform has to happen. This is a central theme of what the current Congress and the current administration campaigned on… If tax reform does not happen, this is a big failure and a big setback in an ambitious agenda” Joshua Baca says.
Now that the health care bill from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appears to be dead and buried, Congress still has plenty of other issues to deal with. The question is, which one comes next? Tax reform? Climate? The federal budget maybe? Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a look ahead.
The Trump administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 10 percent means civilian agencies will need to look at programs and personnel, not just for this year, but for the long-term. Some fiscal observers says it’s time to consider budget process reform.
President Donald Trump got to work quickly after his inauguration a week ago. Of greatest immediate impact on federal employees, by Monday the administration had imposed a hiring freeze.
Twila Brase, president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, talks about phase two of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the delivery of medical services.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is acting on his threat to block the nomination of Beth Cobert to lead the Office of Personnel Management, as he seeks answers in his investigation of Congress’ health plan.
You work for Uncle Sam. You are young, healthy and immortal. Who needs health insurance? Well, you may be in for a surprise, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
The Office of Personnel Management has made it official: Lawmakers and their staff members are required to purchase health insurance from one of the Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance exchanges –but the government will still contribute toward their premiums. OPM issued the final rule, which goes into effect immediately, Wednesday.
Beginning in January, thousands, maybe tens of thousands of new people will be joining the federal employee health benefits program. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains how it will work and what it could mean for the nation’s biggest health care program.