Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


House Fails to Override Veto on ACA Repeal

Last week, members of the House of Representatives failed to override the presidential veto of legislation that would repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood. With a vote of 241-186, Republicans were unable to secure the two-thirds majority necessary to override President Obama’s veto. The House has voted more than 60 times to repeal the health care law since Republicans took over the majority, but this was the first time a bill was sent to the President’s desk. Republican leadership will be convening a task force to work on a Republican alternative to the law. Additionally, at the committee retreat last week House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said that his Committee would be working with other committees of jurisdiction to craft an alternative to the ACA in the coming year, though a timeframe and details have yet to be determined. Other issues he outlined as priorities for Ways and Means included overhauling the tax code and reforming the welfare system.

President Meets with Speaker, Majority Leader

President Barack Obama sat down with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week to discuss any overlapping policy priorities for 2016. The President highlighted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, heroin abuse, and the Cancer Moonshot as particularly important for the coming year. Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan urged the President to combat the spread of the Zika virus.

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