House Gears Up For Obamacare Repeal Vote Next Week

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-Texas and the House Budget Committee works on the Republican health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017

Dismantling the Affordable Care Act has become like political sport in Washington, with Republicans and Democrats duking it out and pundits also in the fray.

And that makes me conclude that the new health care bill being pushed by Republican leaders and the president is sinful.

Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, also said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough, if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place a work requirement.

Instead, the four governors urged the two leaders to consider their alternative health care plan that would allow each state "to pursue Medicaid transformation in its own way".

That figure would grow to $2 billion a year by 2030 and could result in 600,000 Coloradans losing health insurance, the Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan health care think-tank, predicts in the new report.

"The Affordable Care Act is broken in many areas and desperately needs to be fixed or replaced with a system that works better for everyone", Fitzpatrick continued.

"This proposal to end the Medicaid program as we know it would lock Virginia into the very lean and mean program that we have now into perpetuity", Michael Cassidy, president and CEO of The Commonwealth Institute, a Richmond-based fiscal policy analysis group that focuses on issues that impact low-income and middle-class people, said in an interview earlier this week. "That's fundamentally inaccurate for me, given my situation".

The legislation is slated to be marked up in the House Committee on Rules Wednesday, where a number of changes to the bill's text are expected. But much has changed. Additionally, it ensures that each and every American, regardless of previous coverage or any preexisting condition has the option to maintain insurance coverage. Also gone would be federal subsidies that let millions afford insurance.

Tax credits come into play as well. Importantly, depending on a state's decision, it allowed Medicaid coverage to be expanded from 100 percent of the poverty level to 133 percent (from $12,060 this year to $15,800 for an individual).

Trump is meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House Friday morning.

"They've taken (Medicaid) off the table", said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a conservative economist and former Congressional Budget Office director. I will lose coverage again.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick said in a statement Sunday that he will not support the GOP's American Health Care Act, the bill created to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Conservatives want to end Obama's expansion of Medicaid to 11 million additional low-income people next year, rather than 2020, as the Affordable Care Act had proposed.

For example, it does not take into account the loss of cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income enrollees, the impact of Medicaid changes and cutbacks, or the potential of higher premiums for older enrollees.

Himes also addressed the idea that the bill would be "jammed through". The insurance market reforms, minus the individual mandate and subsidies, may have led local insurance companies to be afraid that their clients would mostly consist of those needing lots of expensive health care which contributed to them leaving our market.

They wrote the current GOP proposal's approach to Medicaid "provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states".

She said she also is anxious about the fate of rural hospitals, where Medicaid is a big deal.

In his statement, Fitzpatrick expressed concern primarily with how the bill would effect efforts to combat opioid abuse. They will receive a $3,000 tax credit from the American Health Care Act, or a $1,490 decrease (33 percent). First, it would end states' ability to choose to expand their Medicaid programs beginning on January 1, 2020.

The Medicaid cuts are of primary concern to anyone who views the Scriptures as commanding us to care for the poor, and for anyone who believes the God of the Bible requires that we prioritize the poor and vulnerable.

"That is not what we promised the American people that we're going to do". "For too long", he said, "a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost". This year's event, set for August 31, should be an interesting watch.