Erin Mershon

Obamacare in Alaska: Cost-Control Plan Is Challenging but Working
Might be difficult to duplicate in other states

JUNEAU, Alaska — It’s hard to get excited about a health insurance premium spike.

But for Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska’s blunt but friendly state insurance commissioner, the decision by the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan to raise its rates by just 7 percent was a moment of joy.

House Defends Delaying Major Obamacare Lawsuit
Democrats contend payment doubts create health care industry uncertainty

Senate Staff Beginning to Draft Health Care Bill Over This Week’s Recess
Leaders say there's enough to get started, but no final agreement

Senate leadership staff will huddle this week with their colleagues on three key committees to begin drafting the chamber’s legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

“The drafting process is going to get underway,” said John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Senate Republican. “Now we have enough direction, we’ve had enough meetings, we’ve got enough input from our members to know sort of what the main issues are, and kind of where the moving points are and how we can dial things. We’ll start putting stuff together and get it out there and let people react to it.”

Health Care Leaks Get the Clampdown From McConnell
Obamacare repeal working group now open to all GOP senators

BY JOE WILLIAMS AND ERIN MERSHON

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a warning to staffers last week amid growing frustration at the amount of information leaking from private Republican discussions on repealing the 2010 health care law.

Trump Seeks Further Delay in Health Care Subsidy Lawsuit
Insurance plans, Democrats say uncertainty will continue

The Trump administration again delayed a decision in a major case that could upend the health insurance markets created by the 2010 health care law, in a motion filed in federal court Monday.

Justice Department lawyers asked in the motion for another 90-day delay in a case that centers on about $7 billion of annual subsidies that are aimed at making health care services more affordable for low-income people who gained coverage under the 2010 law.

Senate Takes Baby Steps on Health Care Overhaul
Meetings have focused on ‘brainstorming’ and sharing ideas

By JOE WILLIAMS and ERIN MERSHON, CQ Roll Call

Senate Republicans remain in the very early stages of revamping a House bill to repeal the 2010 health care law: the ideas stage, as one of them puts it.

How the House Finally Got to ‘Yes’ on Health Care
Frenzied final negotiations helped win over enough holdouts

The final push on the health care bill started in earnest Monday night.

At 6 p.m., a cadre of Republican lawmakers from the Energy and Commerce Committee met in an unmarked Capitol office to make changes they hoped would bring moderate holdouts on board with the party’s overhaul of the health care system.

House Sends Health Care Hot Potato to Senate
Every Democrat, several Republicans, vote against measure

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIN MERSHON

House Republicans breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as they finally advanced their health care overhaul out of the chamber in a narrow 217-213 vote. No Democrats voted for the measure. They were joined by 20 Republicans who voted “no” as well.

House GOP Optimistic Ahead of Health Care Vote
‘There were a lot of smiles in the room today’

By ERIN MERSHON and KERRY YOUNG, CQ Roll Call

House Republicans started celebrating early Thursday, ahead of their vote to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

Where the Health Care Whip Count Stands
Count still in flux, but odds look good for Republicans

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON, ERIN MERSHON AND STEPHANIE AKIN

The odds continued to tip in Republicans’ favor on Thursday as they headed toward an afternoon vote to overhaul the health care system.

House Schedules Vote on Health Care Bill
GOP leaders feel good about vote count

BY ERIN MERSHON AND LINDSEY MCPHERSON

The House will vote Thursday afternoon on the Republican plan to overhaul the health care system.

GOP Leaders Say They're Done Tweaking Health Bill
Thursday or Friday vote is goal

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIN MERSHON

House GOP leaders suggested Wednesday afternoon that a forthcoming amendment for an additional $8 billion to reduce coverage costs for individuals with pre-existing conditions would be the final tweak needed to their health overhaul bill.

Key Republicans Flip on Health Care After Trump Meeting
Holdouts Fred Upton, Billy Long switch after White House confab

BY ERIN MERSHON AND LINDSEY McPHERSON

Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan switched his position to support the Republican health care bill after President Donald Trump agreed Wednesday morning to a policy change that could provide $8 billion in funding to some states to help lower costs for sick people and those with pre-existing conditions whom insurance companies could charge more in premiums under the measure.

Key Republican Members Talk Health Care Deal With Trump
High-profile holdouts Upton and Long discuss changes to bill

By Erin Mershon and Lindsey McPherson/CQ Roll Call

Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri, the most high-profile holdouts on the Republican health care overhaul, are meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday morning to discuss a policy change that could bring them on board with the plan.

Even GOP Whip Team Undecided on Health Care
Despite leaders' comments, lack of unity from vote counters

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIN MERSHON

House Chief Deputy Whip Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina said Monday evening that Republicans are “very close” to winning the support needed to pass their health care overhaul. One place he might want to look: his own whip team. At least seven members said Monday they remain undecided.

GOP May Again Change Health Care Proposal As They Seek Votes

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ ROLL CALL

House Republicans still hope to vote on their health care overhaul next week, though lawmakers said Friday they may need further changes to scrape together enough votes to pass it.

McCarthy: No Health Care Vote Friday or Saturday
‘We’ve been educating people on health care’

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON

Updated 11:00 p.m. 04/27/17

GOP Moderates Still Holding Out on Health Care
18 members confirmed opposition while leadership remains optimistic

By LINDSEY McPHERSON and ERIN MERSHON

Mixed messages about securing needed “yes” votes on the health care bill flew around the House Thursday as a flood of moderates confirmed they remain unswayed by the latest changes.

GOP Health Care Bill Picks up ‘A Few’ Moderate Supporters
Vote on Friday possible if more support comes together

By ERIN MERSHON, JOE WILLIAMS and LINDSEY McPHERSON 
CQ Roll Call

House leadership secured the support of a few moderate holdouts for their health care bill during a late-night meeting Wednesday.

Moderates Hedge On New Obamacare Repeal Amendment

By ERIN MERSHON and LINDSEY McPHERSON, CQ ROLL CALL

Moderate Republicans are not embracing the latest Republican amendment to the party’s GOP health care overhaul.