House of Representatives passes high risk insurance plan
May 08 2017 by Harriet Stone
Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, told ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos that there are major questions surrounding the health care bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
One proposal from a Republican congressman may have swayed some undecided members in favor of the bill - the amendment would add $8 billion over five years to cover insurance for people with pre-existing conditions. As a result, the instability that already exists in Obamacare's exchanges as insurers scale back around the country would only be increased.
Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week.
Some of the criticisms of the House GOP-led health care process recently have come from fellow Republicans. "I don't think it was much more than that".
America has the only healthcare system in the world created to avoid sick people. "It is more about politics", said Democratic Sen.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also appeared on "This Week", acknowledged that the Senate would make changes to the bill. The House vote came hours after Trump signed an order to promote religious expression. Second, they want you to believe that even as drug prices, costs of tests, etc. continue to rise, removing about $1 trillion from health care will lower prices and provide better care.
As the Republican leadership conceded more and more demands by extreme conservative lawmakers, the bill in its current version makes health insurance costlier for older and sicker people, while restricting the scope and reach of the state-run Medicaid programme for the poor. It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance. I know the Senate says it won't go along, but what does the House bill try to do? - R.G.
"'Well, the leaders obviously chose the people they want", said Collins, whose objections to the House version include the cuts to Planned Parenthood.
Mr Trump has called Obamacare a "disaster" and congressional Republicans have long targeted the 2010 law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, calling it government overreach.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) is defending his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling constituents at a town hall meeting Saturday there is "misinformation" about its replacement.
"What the Medicaid reforms really do is put pressure on the states to get costs under control", MacArthur said.
'Look, the fact of the matter is, there are some times in life you have to do what's right, not what's politically expedient, ' Priebus said.
Obamacare "is dead. If we don't pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies, it would die immediately", Trump said.
Ours is a state that's more purple than red, yet neither of our senators is on lists of Republicans who might say no to Obamacarerepeal. Before he qualified for Medicaid, more than half of his disability income went toward his own medical costs.
"There are no cuts to the Medicaid program", Price said onCNN's "State of the Union".