Doctors, hospitals lobby to save Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is flawed, but it can still be fixed

This isn't a solution to rising health care costs.

As a result, Hoyer continued, millions of Americans are thinking about what it will mean to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Whether you are new to Medicare or have had Medicare for years it's good to know the basics.

Sunday, President Donald Trump promised Sunday, "the concept of Medicare, I'm not touching", even as he is inclined to address "waste, fraud, and abuse".

KODJAK: Well, probably not with this bill as it stands now.

Right now, Republicans in Congress are scrambling to get the votes they need to pass an even worse version of "Trumpcare", the bill that was too terrible to even get enough of the GOP on its side the first time around. "The thIng to remember is that this bill is so bad that when the initially put this change through, members of congress wrote in an exception for themselves".

FILE - In this April 4, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to talk about the failed health care bill. Remind us what's in it. In 2012, the system treated 13,277 patients who were uninsured. It replaces the income-based subsidies that Obamacare has in place to help people buy insurance with age-based tax credits. It also requires people to keep their coverage constantly, and if they drop their coverage, they'll have to pay a big penalty to buy into the insurance system again. People with severe health conditions would face premiums so high that they would be priced out of the market.

Personal bankruptcies actually began to decrease before the ACA, also called Obamacare, began to be implemented, though some parts - including expanding family health plans to young adults - started in 2010.

KODJAK: Very similar, yes.

According to Talking Points Memo, Pittenger was asked if people with pre-existing conditions could be charged more under the American Health Care Act, the Republicans' latest health care proposal. They will try again this week. And so what it ended up doing was sort of splitting the baby.

States could also seek to opt out of a requirement that all insurance plans cover 10 "essential health benefits", including prescription drugs, maternity care, mental-health care and addiction treatment. It is that insurance companies are allowing these outrageous claims and hospitals are gouging patients in every way they can. "Even then, those individuals can not be charged more if they maintain continuous coverage".

In a January survey of school chiefs by the School Superintendents Association, 69 percent said they use Medicaid money to help pay health professionals' salaries and 45 percent said they use the funds to expand health services offered to children at school. Nearly two-thirds of people who bought their own policies did not have maternity benefits, a third did not have coverage for substance-abuse services and about a fifth did not have care for mental-health conditions, according to a federal analysis of coverage before the law. Most individuals are required by law to have health insurance coverage. Exemption from Obamacare mandates is not automatic, and many states may not choose to do the politically hard work of ending these benefits, despite their costs.

While public attention focused last time on conservatives who didn't think the bill went far enough to repeal Obamacare, lawmakers such as Faso from moderate districts around the country are on the hot seat this time around.

The changes, laid out in identical bills that cleared the House and Senate on Wednesday, would lower the eligibility cap for the program from 138 percent of the federal poverty level to 100 percent.