Episode 2 of Obamacare Repeal and Replacement – Help!

In my ongoing analysis of the American Health Care Act, it did not take me long at all to get stuck figuring out the next section with the header “Community Health Center Program.” While I appreciate the fact that Congress did make the text of the Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill available to the public (unlike someone who shall remain nameless in terms of the Unaffordable Care Act, but her initials are Rep. Nancy Pelosi), I wish it were a little easier for a peon like me to understand.

Here’s the sentence I got stuck on:

“Effective as if included in the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Public Law …), paragraph (1) of section 221 (a) of such Act is amended by inserting ‘,and an additional $422,000,000 for fiscal year 2017′ after ‘2017’.”

I pondered it for a little bit, but still thought, “Really, what DOES this mean?”

Because I was at a total loss for an explanation of this section, I decided to ask someone I trust will be an “expert” on the subject – the media relations person for Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) because he is my Congressman. Although I have some guesses as to what this section means, I don’t want to explain it unless I can explain it accurately. That’s just a little OCD thing of mine.

Unfortunately, I made a major miscalculation regarding my timing. I emailed the question to this lady at about 2:50 p.m. – my time in Utah, which means it is almost 5 p.m. in Washington, D.C. where she is apparently located. The chances are good that if she had not yet packed it in for the day (and the weekend), she was probably close to it. So I may not get an answer today. I need to remember to time my blog post writing to take in explanation needs, with this series anyway. I hope I don’t need too many questions answered or this lady is going to want to kill me!

So, while we wait for an answer – probably next Monday – I just learned some news about the repeal and replacement bill. According to a tweet from NBC News, apparently the House of Representatives has slated a full House vote on the bill next Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Next week should be pretty interesting, needless to say. From what I’m hearing from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Fox News reports, the whole Obamacare repeal and replacement process is divided into three stages. Stay tuned – I’m sure next week will be crazy.



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