Disability Rights Groups Oppose Obamacare Repeal
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 7:17
Republican leaders are embarking on a bid to win their membership over to what President Donald Trump described in a tweet on Tuesday as "our wonderful new Healthcare Bill".
"Our plan delivers relief from all of Obamacare's taxes, including dismantling taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices", House Republicans said.
Republicans revealed their replacement plan for the Democrats" Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare'. In addition to limiting federal funds for Medicaid, the Republican plan would get rid of income-based subsidies in favor of age-based tax credits.
"Give people a tax credit at the end of the year and if they have enough income to receive a tax credit".
One of the biggest changes in the bill is a reduction in the amount of support going to Medicaid-which covers more than 70 million people, including women, children, and elderly who can not afford health care otherwise.
Hundreds of President Trump's most ardent supporters are calling on him to veto the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill, known as the American Health Care Act.
"Currently, over $1 trillion of federal support comes to this market, with most of it akin to a defined-benefit type of financing system", the analysis says. While Republicans argue that insurance premiums have spiked and has resulted in job losses for many Americans, the bill has also been credited with helping 20 million people acquire health coverage.
Ryan said he plans to have the bill for a floor vote in two weeks. As under Obamacare, children will be able to stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 26. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will introduce a clean repeal bill in the Senate, and that Freedom Caucus Member Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will introduce it in the House.
Michael Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America, said in a statement that the proposal "not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of Obamacare but expands upon them". Tax credits, which vary by income and location under the Affordable Care Act, offset most of those increases for about 90 percent of consumers who qualified in Alabama.
Republicans have promised to repeal the ACA since it passed in 2009, but a full repeal is not now the plan as many moderate Republicans and Democrats would starkly oppose it.