Republicans Expected to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 6:47
Women stand to bear a heavy burden under the Republican plan, which would defund Planned Parenthood by preventing the healthcare nonprofit from receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funds from Medicaid reimbursements. "So tomorrow I will introduce a bill that every single Republican voted on just 15 months ago - the bill that actually repeals Obamacare", Jordan said at a press conference.
"We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states", Sens.
"Republicans have had seven years to come up with an alternative health care plan that preserves the progress we've made under the ACA - one that would not take us back to a time when only those who had employer-sponsored insurance or a clean bill of health could get coverage", she said. It would also offer age-based refundable tax credits, which would be capped at upper-income levels. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) declared on Fox News Tuesday morning, warning that under the new plan, premiums and insurance prices "will continue to spiral out of control".
The new plan ends the requirement that uninsured individuals obtain health insurance or face a fine.
Other Republicans have their own problems with the proposal.
House leadership backed the American Health Care Act, which critics have dubbed "Obamacare lite".
President Trump praised the new Republican replacement for Obamacare as "wonderful" on Tuesday. "We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services", wrote several Republican senators in a letter on Monday. Some of them could see their Obamacare credits cut in half, even as the wealthiest Americans enjoy a series of tax cuts under this plan.
The replacement does keep two popular parts of Obamacare - people under 26 can stay on their parents' insurance policies, and insurers cannot deny coverage to people who have pre-existing conditions.
"We're going to have insurance for everybody", Trump said. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in criticizing it from the right and a number of moderate Republicans making anxious noises about some provisions that would decrease coverage, that's a tough path.
Medicaid: The House Republican plan would reduce the federal contribution to Medicaid, the joint federal/state health and long-term care program for low-income people.