Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., criticized an Obama administration proposal to eventually recalculate the formula for federal funding of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program so that all states receive federal dollars at the same rate for all populations. The administration says the proposal would save at least $100 billion, but Rockefeller said it would simply shift costs to states, which would respond by cutting coverage and provider payments.
Angry that a House bill to continue funding the federal government for three more weeks did not meet key policy objectives, dozens of Republicans voted against the bill, which ultimately passed and now moves to the Senate.
As some state leaders wait to see how the fate of the PPACA will play out in the courts, others have expanded or plan to expand health care coverage. Vermont is likely to seek an "innovation waiver" to implement a single-payer system, and Minnesota, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., have used federal funds to expand coverage of childless adults.
Opposition to proposed user fees will prevent Congress from passing a bill to renew funding for the FAA, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said. Rockefeller
supports replacing the current system of aviation fuel taxes with a $25 user fee on all flights, and he blamed corporate jet owners who opposed a plan for the proposed fees to increase the aviation trust fund.