Kansas Republican lawmaker says poor people do not want health care
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 4:00
36 hours ago we got this bill from the leadership and today they start the vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
The influential industry organizations, which helped the Affordable Care Act pass in 2010, are particularly anxious about the bill's potential impact on lower-income and vulnerable Americans. They have sharply criticized its proposed tax credits as an unacceptable new government entitlement program and have called for a quicker end to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Democrats continue to argue that it is impossible to push through a bill without knowing its cost and how many Americans would be affected - figures which have yet to be released.
The associations that played a role in the passage of 2010's Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, are not offering the same level of support to the Republican Party's replacement plan. The Republican plan also gives consumers refundable tax credits instead of federal subsidies to help them buy health insurance.
Key to support of medical care providers is a promise Donald Trump has made repeatedly to maintain coverage for those who have gained health benefits under the ACA. Republicans would still need to pass a replacement because lawmakers can't do everything they want in the budget process.
The new plan, which many are calling Trumpcare, was met with a lot of criticism on social media, as many fear (and journalists are confirming) the bill will leave more Americans uninsured.
The meeting with Trump at the White House came the day after the GOP proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act claimed its first major victories amid a backlash that both Republican leaders and Trump have been trying to tamp down.
"If they have some suggestions that improve predictability, fairness to all the participants - including insurance companies - then we have something to talk about", she said.
The bill will be "dead on arrival" at the doors of the Senate, said Kentucky senator Rand Paul. In a letter to the leaders of the House committees that drafted the bill, Marilyn Tavenner, the group's CEO, warned Republican leaders that their plans to change Medicaid financing, among other things, could harm coverage and care.