Republican Governors Came Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 6:00
It could go to a vote by the Republican-dominated House on Thursday, setting up another battle in the Senate, which also has a Republican majority.
House conservatives vowed to block the bill as "Obamacare Lite" unless there are more restrictions, even as a Republican, Sen.
The report from the Congressional Budget Office underscores the dramatic loss in health insurance coverage that would take place if the GOP healthcare plan is enacted, potentially contradicting President Donald Trump's vow that the plan would provide "insurance for everybody" and threatening support from moderate Republican lawmakers.
At the same time, the non-partisan agency said, in the next two years premiums in the individual market would jump by 15 percent to 20 percent more than they would under current law, undercutting the Republicans' argument that their legislation is needed to rein in rising premiums and that people wouldn't be hurt by their plan.
OH added 700,000 people to its Medicaid rolls under the expansion, which is mostly paid for with federal funds.
"CBO has a poor record of predicting coverage", said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
GOP opponents from the right and center are already hardening their positions against the Trump-backed legislation.
But conservative Republicans said they could not support the plan without significant changes. Meadows did not attend the White House meeting.
"Here they are forecasting coverage, but they got it completely wrong under the ACA, because people didn't want to buy ACA coverage", she said.
One House GOP leader, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said they were on track to bring the legislation to the House Rules Committee early next week. But interestingly, the Coverage Caucus isn't just moderate Republicans in swing states or districts who are anxious about losing their seats to Democrats (though many of them are represented). If by chance things are not changed, the bill won't pass through and we very well could see a lot of changes to the bill on its next march through to the House.
Even so, the tally underscored the challenge Republican leaders face in trying to round up votes for the measure.
"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said.
CBO: It estimates the bill would leave 14 million fewer people insured in the first year, 24 million fewer by 2026.
"Unfortunately, the current version of the House bill does not meet this test", the governors wrote.
If people have health insurance, they will use more health services - visits to doctors' offices, more tests, procedures and drugs - and health spending will rise.
"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to the state", the letter says. "This certainly signals that there's more work to be done", Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday on CNN.