President Trump: 'Nobody Knew Health Care Was Complicated'
Feb 28 2017 by Alex Thomas
The governors who put forward the plan have rejected the use of block grants, which some Republicans have suggested as a possibility for Medicaid. Between Healthy Michigan and individual and small group insurance, more than a million people are insured in Michigan under Obamacare.
"I can't do it until we do health care, because we have to know what the health care is going to cost and - statutorily - that's the way it is".
Medicaid is eyed for deep cuts and transformation under the various proposals being considered by Congressional Republicans. "He said Republicans can provide people access to affordable insurance plans, 'but whether they take it or not is like trying to legislate responsibility'". It also draws a line in the sand, pressuring House leadership to change the bill. Of this group, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and OH agreed to the expansion, while Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin did not. The idea did not have a consensus, even among Republican governors - 16 of whom are from states that have expanded Medicaid.
The meeting at the White House including Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Governors are wary of overhauling Medicaid because it's the largest source of federal funding for states.
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Total spending on Medicaid topped $552 billion across all states in 2015. Trump has previously said he wants to insure everybody but has refrained from discussing policy details.
The meeting comes two days before governors are set to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House, where worries about the Obamacare replacement are expected to dominate the discussion.
Republicans have convened a group of 10 governors (and their Medicaid directors) from five states that expanded Medicaid and five that did not to talk about how they should handle Medicaid, Fallin said. When we lose jobs with employer-subsidized insurance, we lose the affordable insurance. It estimates that coverage would decline by 120,000 people or about 50 percent. The amount of the credit would be based on age, rather than income or the cost of available plans, like the credits available through current law. Under one House bill, people under 30 would receive $2,000 annually, and this would double to $4,000 for people over 60. They depend on the mandate to bring in young and healthy participants to balance out older and sicker enrollees, which Obamacare requires them to cover. Other states want to lower the income level for states to charge premiums. The conservative House Freedom Caucus has vowed to oppose any repeal measure that's less extreme than the one passed in 2015, while other Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about forging ahead with a repeal plan that could leave millions with no coverage - especially after enduring raucous town hall events during last week's recess.
"Over the course of the Obama administration, our military funding was cut 20 percent while the world grew more risky". The provision was previously rejected by the Obama administration.
"Every state has different equations and you have to be able to have that kind of changes and options for the states and so that's our communication to them", Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters as he left the meeting the congressional Republicans.
Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, Kansas has fought expansion, with the Legislature going as far as to bar the governor from expanding without legislative approval. There is no statutory requirement for him to do health care before he works on tax reform.
Meadows says he is concerned about the refundable tax credits the bill would offer to help Americans pay for insurance on the individual market.