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David Sparks Ph.d 3-14 NWR New Healthcare
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Program: Northwest Report
Date: March 14, 2017

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This is your Northwest report for Tuesday, March 14 I'm David Sparks and it appears that the Northwest is solidly in-line for replacing Obama care given that Republican representative Mike Simpson is in agreement with statements from Oregon Republican representative from Hood River, Greg Walden. “Obamacare is hurting more people than it is helping, forcing Americans to buy insurance they don’t like, don’t need, and cannot afford. Premiums have increased by an average of 25 percent this year. Nearly 1/3 of all U.S. counties have only one insurer offering plans on their state’s exchange. 34 percent fewer doctors and other health care providers accept Obamacare insurance compared to private insurance. 

President Trump called on Congress to “act decisively” to rescue Americans from this failing law, and House Republicans are answering his call.  More than eight months ago, we outlined our vision for repealing and replacing Obamacare in A Better Way. Since then, we have been talking with our constituents and colleagues about how to turn these solutions into policies that will improve lives. 

Now, House Republicans are moving forward with fiscally responsible legislation to deliver relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates and lay the groundwork for a 21st century health care system. 

Specifically, the primary Committees with jurisdiction over health care—Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce—have released legislation that not only repeals the law, but replaces it with reforms President Trump laid out. 

Elsewhere, agri-pulse.com is telling us a new battle is brewing in Congress over ways to push unemployed, work-capable food stamp recipients into jobs. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., assured hundreds of anti-hunger activists on Tuesday that he would oppose any attempt to give states control of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by converting it into block grants. But he also warned that some reforms to SNAP will have to be made in order to get a new farm bill passed.

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