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On the Hill: ACA Replacement, Risk Corridors, Waxman to Retire, Surgeon General to Be Confirmed

This past weekend on CBS’ Face the Nation, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) shared that Republican House leaders are working on a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and John Kline (R-MN), chair of the House Education and Workforce committees, are working on different parts of the proposal, but no further details were revealed.

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on the risk corridors provision in the ACA. This provision limits harm to insurers if the new insurance pools created by the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges) are riskier than anticipated. Last week, House Republicans announced they would likely seek to repeal this provision through the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations.

Last week, House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member and Former Chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced he would retire at the end of his term this fall. Waxman has represented the Los Angeles area since 1975. Several Democrats on the committee have announced interest in Waxman’s position, including Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chair of the committee’s Health Subcommittee, and Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold the confirmation hearing today for the surgeon general nominee, Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA. Murthy is a Boston physician and founder of Doctors for America. At 36, Murthy would be one of the youngest surgeons general in history.

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