Guest Column: Cleaning Up Democrats' Health Care Mess
May 10 2017 by Alex Thomas
Rather than joining with Republicans to rescue Americans from this dying legislative monstrosity that made healthcare less accessible and increasingly unaffordable, Democrats chose to take the low road, propagating fear and lies about the House bill known as the American Health Care Act [AHCA]. And then, joined by men and women across the nation, we will work to oust those who would put profits before people; rob the poor and middle class to feed the rich and their own careers; and who seem bent on turning our great nation - long the symbol of opportunity - into a symbol of opportunism, a place governed not by justice, but by raw might.
NY officials estimate the GOP bill would lead to 2.7 million residents losing coverage and the state losing up to $6.9 billion in federal Medicaid money.
"If you're getting your insurance through the group health care marketplace - your employer - nothing changes", Blum told constituents this week.
But nobody on the GOP side has acknowledged that the famous "you can keep it" phrase regarding your family's current health insurance policy quite possibly will no longer apply to the 160 million persons (nearly 50% of the marketplace) now receiving their health care coverage through plans provided by their employers.
Democrats and liberal activists have lambasted McConnell for appointing a group with no female members. And now the AHCA as it currently stands includes an amendment that could allow states to have certain benefit requirements waived - including maternity care - and allow insurers to make premiums unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions. She's viewed as one who might vote against the GOP bill.
The core group of 13 Republican senators tasked with crafting health care legislation to repeal Obamacare is under fire for not including any women senators, NBC News reports. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Monday night.
Appearing as Kimmel's guest, Sen. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to cover 10 health services deemed as essential - including mental health.
What makes these people so mean-spirited and cruel as to take healthcare away from someone? Cassidy added, "Now, we've got to be able to pay for it, and that's the challenge". States taking that step would have to establish government-operated insurance programs for expensive patients called high-risk pools.
"Medicaid is the major provider for mental health at this point", said Walter.
Underscoring political sensitivities, critics attacked Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, for saying at a town hall meeting that "nobody dies" from lack of health care.
Cruz has also been communicating daily with members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, which heavily influenced the House bill, according to two people close to the group.
Asked if he would advocate for that he said, "I'm for it". "This is ridiculous. He's going to sit here and just badger me".
It sounds like Jenkins and a number of his fellow Republicans can scratch "Repeal Obamacare" off their To Do lists, but they are also hoping the Senate will save them from themselves.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to move forward under special procedures that allow legislation to pass with a simple majority vote, instead of the 60 usually required for major bills in the Senate.
"I run into people all the time in my state, and even members of my own family, who have 'coverage, ' but they don't have access to care", odd said.
Waiting for the ideal health insurance proposal is not an option, however.