President Obama today spoke in California about health reform, urging people to sign up for coverage through exchanges this fall. He cited California, Oregon and Washington as examples of how PPACA can address rising healthcare costs in states that actively implement the law. President Obama again said that PPACA largely would not affect people who currently have health coverage through their employers, Medicare or Medicaid, except to provide additional protections. We’re not too sure too many American employers would agree with his assessment that health reform doesn’t affect them though!
The president’s comments followed a meeting the Administration had this week with House Democrats about ACA outreach. The Administration also has met with staff for Republican members of Congress about ACA outreach and enrollment issues. Fiscal issues continue to hang over Washington DC with the Administration privately meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss potential ways forward on a larger scale budget agreement. Entitlement reform and revenue are at the center of the negotiations.
Thus far, only one healthcare-related hearing is scheduled for next week:
The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 will hold a hearing on state perspectives on Medicaid reform.