US Rep. Fitzpatrick: 'I can not support' Republican health care plan
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 22:34
A new analysis from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities finds that African Americans could be disproportionately affected by the to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. AARP stands ready to work with elected officials of both parties to pass legislation that will lower skyrocketing health care costs, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and protect Medicare.
Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who represents Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County in the state's 8th congressional district, said in a press release Sunday he made the decision after two months of analyzing the issue.
Then there's the new funding limits the proposal would create. They also said the bill "does not meet" goals previously described by President Donald Trump regarding state flexibility and ensuring coverage.
"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", Ryan said yesterday of the bill's proposed tax-credit structure.
GOP leaders are hoping to push the legislation through the House next week, after the budget committee narrowly approved the Republican legislation on Thursday.
Many lower-income Americans - including elderly Americans in nursing homes, the working poor (many of them in families led by single working mothers), the unemployed and many under-employed veterans - will lose their health care coverage. "I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'Obamacare lite, '" the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week". Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces re-election next year, became the fourth Republican senator to announce his opposition.
Congressional Democrats remain solidly opposed to the GOP effort.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that he's looking to change the current version of the GOP replacement for Obamacare because the bill needs to do more to address the health care needs of older Americans.
Zabawa says that support for other public goods, like police or fire departments, is rarely contingent on whether or not people believe they will use their services more or less than anyone else.
He has been wooing lawmakers to vote for the bill and won the backing of a dozen conservative lawmakers on Friday after an Oval Office meeting in which the president endorsed a work requirement and block-grant option for Medicaid. Federal officials past year estimated 6.4 million people signed up through the ACA's insurance marketplaces, while the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in January that its Medicaid expansion extended coverage to 10.7 million people. The program now costs the federal government around $370 billion annually and automatically covers costs, no matter the amounts.