Speaker Paul Ryan: It's Time To End Obamacare For Good

Federal health officials cited record signups leading up to the end of open enrollment, suggesting Americans would lose coverage under the new administration.

Trump is set to meet Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy special adviser under Obama who helped shape the Affordable Care Acton, at the White House on Monday, along with Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has been trying to sell it to undecided moderate Republicans by re-tooling the bill to make it more affordable to those heading toward retirement. CMS says that 12.3 million Americans signed up for insurance through the national and state exchanges.

But they need to come together, present a patient-based, market-based repeal and replace health care plan to the Senate and then force the Democrats there to explain to the country why they are the ones whose filibusters are preventing it from passing. In addition, the bill would make it harder for many older adults and people with disabilities to live in their homes and communities because it would repeal a financial incentive in the current law for states to provide a home- and community-based option. Ryan indicated that there might be changes to the GOP healthcare bill by saying, "We think we should be offering more assistance than the bill now does". While the cost of health insurance has been a major point of discussion throughout President Trump's time in office and on the campaign trail, coverage - and people's ability to access it - has become an even bigger issue.

More specifically, Trumpcare won't be any cheaper for single moms: According to MSNBC, some states could see their tax credits cut, reducing the affordability of insurance plans and making it harder for a single mother to keep herself and her kids covered. The top Republican in Congress told "Fox News Sunday" that leaders seek to address concerns of rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation. To wit: NY might not be the best example of the damage the Republican plan could do. Under the ACA, insurance companies could charge older patients no more than three times what they charged young people.

Medical insurance can't be denied for pre-existing conditions, as in Obamacare, but insurers can now raise their prices to cover expected costs. The Medicaid program is the largest payer of health care for children. "Trump says the attendees were "mostly no's, yesterday" and now they're all yes's".

Which brings us to this question, which represents several we received about how the ACHA appears to disproportionately impact people ages 55-64.

"And those people that you just described could afford to buy insurance, but they couldn't afford to go to the doctor because the deductibles were so high".

  • Julie Sanders