GOP insurance plan offers a starting point

One of the yes votes came from Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.), who represents one of only 23 congressional districts nationally that elected a Republican House member but supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Republican plan has for different reasons been criticised by both Democrats and conservative Republicans, with the latter terming it "Obamacare-lite".

Trump officials are trying to gain more support from Republicans - especially from Sen.

Later on "Meet the Press", former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who served under President Obama, said the GOP's health care plan does "serious damage to the whole marketplace theory". Democrats, including in CT, drew large, invigorated crowds calling for an all-out assault on President Donald Trump's agenda.

The GOP on Monday unveiled the American Health Care Act, which it said will "deliver relief from Obamacare's taxes and mandates and lay the groundwork for a 21st century health care system". It would also end penalties for not having insurance, though insurers would be given permission to impose a 30% surcharge on customers who let their coverage lapse for more than two months and then seek to renew.

The American Healthcare Act, unlike the Affordable Care Act, is not a product for consumers. In 31 states, Medicaid was expanded to provide coverage to more low-income families. "The bill is a starting point and can be changed".

For seven years, Republican lawmakers have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The American Hospital Association also weighed in, pointing out the Congressional Budget Office has yet to provide a cost estimate for the measure or say how it would change coverage levels.

The AARP, a lobbying group for older Americans, has opposed the plan too, saying funding for the Medicare insurance programme for the elderly could be cut.

With this letter, groups like the Children's Hospital Association and America's Essential Hospitals join the American Medical Association, the largest association of licensed physicians and medical students in the U.S., and the AARP, who have also rejected the healthcare plan as is.

Democrats - and independent analysts - say the savings accounts are not a workable option for the poor, and that the tax credits would be substantially less than the subsidies now provided under Obamacare.

After the repeal-plus process is complete, the House plans to start moving piecemeal bills that would not meet the reconciliation requirements and thus require 60 votes in the Senate. Meanwhile, a group of health researchers calculated that the bill would increase costs for enrollees on the individual insurance market by, on average, more than $1,500 per year when it would take effect, and by more than $2,400 per year by 2020.

  • Zachary Reyes