Senate Republicans start health care push with missteps
May 12 2017 by Kelly Saunders
That change would allow states, under certain conditions, to permit insurers to charge people with pre-existing health conditions more for insurance coverage than healthier people.
It's already been almost a week since the House of Representatives narrowly approved a controversial budget resolution that guts much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and we still don't have any estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of what this massive change to the insurance system might cost. One could lose coverage in the midst of chemo treatments and face the choice of going into debt or dying.
Despite Republicans' assertion that the AHCA will lower health premiums, 42 percent of voters said they believe insurance costs will go up under the GOP plan and 37 percent said they expect costs to stay the same, the survey found.
One change could be made to tax credits. In fact, half of Kentuckians are left with only one provider to chose from and some families in our region tell me they now pay more for health insurance than their mortgages.
Recent data indicates that average monthly health insurance premiums are closer to $235 dollars, which is roughly 1,566 percent higher than what Trump asserted.
They also might no longer be subject to restrictions on annual and lifetime spending caps. It really has nothing to do with health care.
Gov. Scott Walker criticized Baldwin, who opposes replacing the law known as Obamacare, as "radically out of touch" on a number of issues.
Health care reform has been a top priority for Congress in 2017.
"They know the Senate's got a unique role to play", Sen.
In addition, the bill fundamentally changes how the USA government finances Medicaid.
Overall, he says the goal is to give individual states more flexibility to design health care plans that will fit their needs, rather than the whole country's needs. Under budget reconciliation, the process Republicans are using to pass a bill with just 51 votes, they must have an estimate of how much their House bill will cost before they can commit ideas to paper for their own plan.
The Democrats said that the bill recently passed along party lines by the House of Representatives was rushed through without a Congressional Budget Office score, with the underlying bill possibly resulting in millions of Americans losing health coverage altogether.
The House bill would end extra federal payments in 2020 that Obama's law provides to states that have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover more lower-income people. Those are also the services that help keep people out of hospitals and nursing homes.