In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to opt out of the ACA, the Republican Party is still trying to repeal the law.
The GOP has already passed a handful of bills that would repeal and replace it, and it has a long list of other bills on the table that would do just that.
As of this writing, the House has passed just one bill, the Freedom Caucus Freedom Act, which would allow states with Medicaid expansion programs to opt-out of the law and use a different set of Medicaid rules.
Republicans also have a bill that would allow state governments to block insurance companies from participating in Medicaid expansion.
While this bill is not a replacement for the ACA in any way, it is a step in the right direction.
The Freedom Caucus is not exactly a bastion of conservatives, but it is one of the most moderate factions in the GOP.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) on June 16, 2018.
The American Action Network (AAN) noted that the bill was sponsored by a number of moderate Republicans, and “some have openly expressed concerns that the Freedom Act could cause a constitutional crisis with the Trump administration and the Supreme of the United States ruling on the issue.”
The bill would also require states to establish an electronic Medicaid marketplace, which could create a potential legal challenge if the federal government were to use the marketplace to determine eligibility for Medicaid.
The House bill does not include a repeal of Obamacare, which means that states will still be required to follow the law if they opt-in to Medicaid expansion under the bill.
If a state does opt-outs, they could still use their Medicaid expansion to pay for their own residents.
The Trump administration could, however, block states from using the marketplace if it deems them to be “unconstitutional,” meaning they are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act.
It would also allow states not to set up an electronic marketplace, but rather use a Medicaid expansion program like the one that exists in the states that have opted-out.
A number of Republican lawmakers are trying to use this opportunity to make the case for why states should not be able to opt in to Medicaid, claiming that it will make the federal insurance program more expensive for them.
One Republican lawmaker from Arizona, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, has been pushing the claim for months.
In February, Chaffetz was asked by a reporter if he believed states could opt out from Medicaid expansion if the administration tried to block their states from participating.
“It would be a very good thing if it were not, but that’s not going to happen,” Chaffetz responded.
“I don’t know that that’s going to be the case.”
“I believe states should be able, even if they don’t want to participate in Medicaid, to use Medicaid expansion as they see fit.
They should have that right, and they should be allowed to participate,” Chaffet said.
“If the president were to block states like Arizona, then we would be in a situation where you have states that are unable to participate and people that are not able to afford to live in their own state.”
In the past, the AAN has supported efforts to push for a state-based Medicaid expansion, but the bill has not received the attention it deserves.
While Chaffetz’s claim that states could not opt-away from Medicaid is a legitimate one, the AHCA is not the only piece of legislation that the AHCC wants to repeal.
A bill called the “Federal Medicaid Expansion Act” is also currently being considered in the House.
The AHCA also includes a bill called “The Freedom to Expand Medicaid Act” that would provide states with additional funding for Medicaid expansion through block grants.
While the AHCTA does not directly provide money to states, it would allow governors to set aside a portion of their Medicaid funding for states to use to help pay for residents.
As a result, states would have the ability to opt to expand Medicaid to their residents and still remain compliant with Obamacare.
This bill has also been championed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, SC), who is one the architects of the AHCE.
“States will have the freedom to decide if they want to expand their Medicaid program to residents of their own states or to those in other states,” Graham told reporters on June 18.
“So, we are actually expanding Medicaid to people who are not residents of our states, to people in other States.”
“We want to help states decide, but we also want to make sure that they are compliant with our laws,” Graham added.
The AAN, along with the Heritage Foundation, the American Conservative Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Heritage Action for America, have all signed onto the bill, along and of course along with Chaffetz.
The Heritage Foundation has been vocal in its opposition to the AHC, but this new bill is one