Highlights from House Republicans’ all-nighter on ACA replacement, plus gauging the impact and consequences for covered Californians

Mar 9, 2017

Paul Ryan, House Leaders Hold Press Conference On American Health Care Act

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) during a news conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Bleary-eyed members of two separate House committees fought to stay awake into the early hours of the morning on the east coast as work progressed on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare.

The House Ways and Means Committee called it quits at 4:30a Eastern on Thursday morning after approving its portion of the law. Meanwhile, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill after a 27 hour marathon session.

Here in the Golden State, we’re starting to get a look at potential local and statewide impacts of the law on Californians if it were implemented. Nearly a third of California’s population is covered by Medi-Cal, which could be phased out if the Republican’s bill to replace Obamacare passes. The L.A. Times’ Melanie Mason also reports that most plans in California could be ineligible for tax credits under the new law.

Today on AirTalk, California health policy experts share what came out of the all-night session, take a closer look at what the impact could be here, and share their takes on how the House GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could impact enrollees in the Golden State, the state exchanges, and MediCal.


Mary Agnes Carey, Partnerships Editor and senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News; she tweets @MaryAgnesCarey

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign, and a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the 2nd Bush Administration; he tweets @lanheechen

Shana Alex Charles, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Fullerton

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