March 20, 2018

Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill

04 June 2017, 07:15 | Rex Hubbard

Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg courtesy

Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg courtesy

The CBO found that the bill would lead to lower premiums in many states but would end up with more people lacking health insurance than at present.

In addition, the majority of Americans still believe that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed.

Since returning from his first overseas trip last weekend, President Trump has called on Congress to move forward with his key agenda items, particularly the American Health Care Act, which is meant to replace the Affordable Care Act.

More Americans have an unfavorable view of the plan than a favorable one (55 percent vs. 31 percent, respectively).

Its work was made harder by a recent Congressional Budget Office report that concluded that the House legislation would result in 23 million more uninsured people by 2026 than under the current law.

This month's survey finds the public has increasingly negative views of how their health care will be affected by proposed changes.

But we now have a road map for how Senate Republicans can do better: by ensuring that more low-income Americans can afford coverage. A 45 percent plurality of adults say that the Republican bill would push up health-care costs for their families, compared with about 28 percent in December.

Immediate special session? House leaders think it's unlikely
This is just in case they run out of time before the state's budget and a house construction financing bill is agreed upon. The full Senate is poised to vote on the fiscal plan Saturday, with many legislators confident their work can reverse Gov.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said Congress' first order of business may be to pass a short-term "market stabilization" bill, which he said could send billions of dollars to states to address volatility in health care exchanges created under Obama's Affordable Care Act.

A nonpartisan analysis of the House-passed Republican bill said the potential consequences could be severe. They would also depend on what approaches individual states take among various options they'd have.

About half of respondents think the upper chamber should make either "major" or "minor" changes to it, while 29% say the Senate should not pass the bill.

As it stands, the AHCA would cut $839 billion in federal funds that help states, including Arizona, make sure that our most vulnerable citizens get the health care and long-term services and supports that they need. It is accurate that the AHCA rolls back Obamacare's massive Medicaid expansion so states can focus resources on those who truly can't help themselves, like children with special needs, but NOBODY now on Medicaid will be kicked off.

Republicans say the status quo is unacceptable, however, so they have no choice but to usher in market-oriented reforms.

Now, when asked about the GOP health care bill, 45 percent feared their costs would go up, 34 percent were anxious about their ability to get and keep health insurance, and 34 percent were concerned that quality would suffer.

He indicated, despite his past insistence on spending cuts, that he could be open to changes to the bill in the Senate to appropriate more funding to high-risk pools, and would even support some less-conservative tweaks to the GOP's rollback of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Additionally, with insurers permitted to charge older Iowans as much as five times what they charge younger individuals - instead of three times or more under ACA - older and sicker Iowans will see their premiums soar.

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