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4 main tenets of the GOP’s ACA replacement plan
By Emily Rappleye

House Republicans gathered Thursday to discuss a policy memo detailing their ACA replacement plan, according to The Washington Post.

While the meeting put many rank-and-file members at ease, they said the details presented at the meeting did not comprise a full-on plan and instead created more of a roadmap, according to the report.

The policy brief, which is fairly similar to the Republican Better Way plan, does not include information on how it will be passed into law, according to the report. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has promised to deliver ACA repeal legislation by the end of the month, and President Donald Trump said Thursday a replacement plan will be ready in March, according to the report.

For now, the policy memo is the closest to a replacement plan available to the public. Here are its four key features.

House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act
By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders on Thursday presented their rank-and-file members with the outlines of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, leaning heavily on tax credits to finance individual insurance purchases and sharply reducing federal payments to the 31 states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility.

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IRS loosening enforcement of ObamaCare mandate
By Peter Sullivan

The IRS says it will not reject tax forms from people who fail to answer whether they had health insurance, a sign of loosening up on enforcement of ObamaCare’s individual mandate.

Tax forms ask people whether they had health coverage in the previous year to determine whether they need to pay a financial penalty under ObamaCare’s mandate to have coverage.

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Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges
By REED ABELSON

Humana announced on Tuesday that it would no longer offer health insurance coverage in the state marketplaces created under the federal health care law, becoming the first major insurer to cast a no-confidence vote over selling individual plans on the public exchanges for 2018.

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As language shifts to ACA ‘repair,’ Pence reaffirms commitment to ‘repeal and replace’
By Tamara Rosin

Although some Republican lawmakers have begun to discuss a more tempered goal of “repairing” the ACA instead of tearing it down, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said the Trump administration is still committed to repealing and replacing it, reports The Hill.

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For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.
By SONA PATEL and FAHIMA HAQUE

After President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have been left wondering about the future of their health care. We asked readers to tell us how they would be affected if the law were repealed. These are some of their stories, condensed and edited for clarity.

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What is ‘Repeal and Replace?’ A Guide to Trump’s Health Care Buzzwords
By Benjy Sarlin

President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have yet to come up with a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But in the meantime, there’s already a complicated vocabulary to describe the process and its goals.

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HHS nominee Dr. Tom Price’s 2nd confirmation hearing: 5 things to know
By Emily Rappleye

Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., faced another four hours of cross-examination Tuesday, this time with the Senate finance committee.

Grilled by Democrats and lauded by Republicans, Rep. Price’s second hearing comes ahead of a vote that will determine his nomination. The committee recessed and will reconvene to vote “promptly,” according to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Here are five things to know about the second hearing.

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GOP on ACA replacement: Who wants what?
By Emily Rappleye

Republicans in Congress have already laid the foundation for an ACA repeal through the reconciliation process, but what will replace the law still remains uncertain.

And while Republicans agree the ACA needs to go, they have not coalesced around a single plan yet. To provide some clarity around the replacement ideas out there right now, we pulled highlights from statements and plans put forth by President Donald Trump and several Republican leaders.

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Pressure mounts on GOP for post-Obamacare plan following CBO report
By Juliet Eilperin, Sean Sullivan & Amy Goldstein

A new analysis that at least 18 million people could lose health insurance in the first year if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without replacing it intensified the battle this week over the landmark health-care law as President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans try to figure out how to dismantle it.

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