Would the American Health Care Act Benefit Patients?
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 2:57
"This bill eliminates the many taxes and mandates of Obamacare, gives patients enhanced tools to take control of their healthcare decisions and expands choice so that Americans are free to pick the plan that is best for themselves and their families", he said.
Trump reportedly agreed to support the proposals.
"It's unsustainable. It's going broke", said the congressman. He is one of a number of Republicans who have said they can not get behind the American Health Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The largest costs would come from repealing numerous fees and taxes that were created to pay for Obamacare, which makes subsidized health insurance available through government-run exchanges.
The GOP's proposed health law, the American Health Care Act, has some mental health and addiction treatment advocates anxious. And by 2026, according to the CBO, "an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law".
Overall, the marketplaces and the expansion of state Medicaid programs for the poor - which were also made possible by the healthcare law - are credited with a historic expansion of insurance coverage over the last three years.
A bill resulting in 14 million Americans losing coverage in 2018 is not what citizens are asking for.
Trump remarked that most of the members of the meeting were opposed to the bill, but that after the meeting they were ready to support the bill. But House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who would like to see more major structural changes to the legislation, said he believes there are still around 40 "no" votes. "We have a population that's growing in this state and we don't have an appetite for increasing taxes, quite frankly". This is why President Trump had to talk of changes, which may help to sway people back on the side of passing the bill through. The movement has given House Republican leadership a shot of confidence, scheduling a vote on the bill before the full House next Thursday. Independent of the costs of prenatal care and screening tests, a vaginal delivery costs an average of nearly $9,000, while c-sections are more than $11,000, according to data from healthcare information company Castlight and reported by CNBC (KHN's estimates are even higher, at $30,000 and $50,000 respectively). The most plausible explanation is that Trumpcare is a fraud, and Donald Trump is a con man. However, more alterations could very well occur between now and next week.