Democrats slam leaked draft of ObamaCare replacement
Feb 27 2017 by Joshua Bennett
"6 in 10 people said they did not favor current GOP proposals for turning control of Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income residents, over to the states or changing the federal funding method".
Just how long the phase in period would last and the specifics of the substitute remained uncertain as the governors gathered in Washington for their annual conference that starts Sunday.
Boehner's successor, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Vice President Mike Pence have promised to repeal the landmark legislation.
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He added: "What will be different is that [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] will not dictate to every single state how the plan's going to run".
The draft bill is consistent with what Republicans have been saying they want to see in place of Obamacare, says Rodney Whitlock, vice president of health policy at ML Strategies. This includes majorities of Democrats (95%), independents (84%) and Republicans (69%).
The event featured a panel discussion lead by Demings that included representatives from three major health care organizations in the region, including Michael Griffin from Adventist Health Systems which includes Florida Hospital, Jason Altmire from Florida Blue and Anne Packham from the Primary Care Access Network.
The reality, though, is that there is a base of people in each state who rely on Medicaid funding, he observed, and slashing spending in Washington would just mean putting more of that burden on state governments. Proponents argue it provides states with more flexibility while bringing down costs.
At the center of the talks are four governors who have taken different approaches to Medicaid: Walker and Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, whose states did not expand Medicaid under the law; and two governors from states that did: Kasich and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
"Clearly the details will continue to evolve and we'll be watching as they do", he said in an emailed statement to Reuters. It was said with scorn and contempt back then.
"You know in the past when we've tried to allow that in Wyoming at a state level, it's been very hard because our healthcare costs are so high and because our population is so small, but hopefully if we have a situation where you've got those restrictions lifted nationwide, people really will be able to begin to have more choice". Some have gotten so bitter that Republicans leaders are avoiding the town hall meetings altogether. He urged McCarthy to gradually reduce aid to people over the poverty line.
"The Republican bill raises families' costs, weakens coverage and pushes millions of Americans off of health coverage of any kind", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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Poll respondents are also concerned about the way Republicans say they will overhaul the measure.