Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan

Bill Clinton, in a moment of candor, said, "So you've got this insane system where all of a sudden 25 million people have health care and then the people out there who are busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half".

While 27 percent of Americans expect the new health care bill, if it passes, would be better than the current law, 32 percent think it would be worse, and 13 percent that it would be about the same. "There's coverage that's going to go up".

The independent Kaiser Family Foundation said the bill will offer less help to Americans living in rural areas, the elderly and the poor.

House Speaker Paul Ryan continued an aggressive campaign to bring Republicans in line to save his party's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act Sunday. Depending on whom you ask in Republican leadership, the real number is more like zero - or, perhaps, negative: People will gain coverage under the proposal.

Major questions remained at the time of this writing, including how much the measure would cost and how many people would be covered.

While the zeal to replace Obamacare with a system that is more sustainable and doesn't penalize working Americans has been in place since the legislation became law several years ago, the effort should not be hasty. On "Fox News Sunday", Cohn was pressed by host Chris Wallace to explain whether the administration would continue to back the American Health Care Act if the Congressional Budget Office also were to predict that millions would lose coverage.

The authors of the legislation, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), didn't do much better.

Among local residents, 86 percent of those with a Marketplace Plan receive some sort of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) subsidy, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A cynic might suggest the now GOP-proposed tax credits appear as a tacit admission on lawmakers' parts that they do not believe costs are coming down.

"I am going to take care of everybody", Trump said then. Individual mandated health plans are now so expensive that without government subsidies they are often unaffordable.

And now that Republican leaders in the House have finally revealed their plan, the magic formula turns out to be ... a cheap knockoff of Obamacare: covering fewer people, charging them more and giving a tax cut to the rich. You are going to keep the electricity on. "If you fall into that middle group, we're going to provide tax credit so you can go out and buy a plan".

The key figures in the conversation, though, are likely to be the Republicans who understand the benefits as well as Edwards does, and who are hearing from frightened constituents and from government and health care officials in their own states. Hempstead said the mandate, unpopular among some, was an attempt to balance risk pools of sick people with healthy people. "Others get intimidated by it (or) it's just one more thing they have to do", Boston said. Now they want to throw the baby out with the bath water. "And I'll let the American people be the judge". Possession of an insurance card does not necessarily equate to access to quality health care, a reality my constituents grapple with every day.

  • Leroy Wright