Hudson Valley residents split over failure of GOP health bill

On Friday, former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacted on Twitter to the failure of House Republicans to repeal the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the White House-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

After days of anticipation leading up to a vote on the American Health Care Act, Speaker Paul Ryan pulls the bill from a full house vote, and now the future of replacing the Affordable Care Act is once again in the balance.

For example, a woman who had elected not to have maternity coverage could face financial ruin from an unintended pregnancy. That's expected to cause millions of healthy, younger people to drop their coverage. Or hospitalization. Or emergency care.

What might be desirable for insurers would leave patients vulnerable. That would be close to the rate of people without insurance before the current law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, took effect, according to the analysis. "So the way to get healthy people is to offer cheaper products designed for the healthy people".

Conservative House Republicans want to exclude the rule from any replacement, arguing it drives up cost and stifles consumer choice.

President Trump's win is changing the dynamics of the Emerald City. "Part of the reason that premiums have spiked out of control is because under Obamacare, there were these mandated services that had to be included", Spicer told reporters.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is something President Donald Trump has said he wants to do. "But for tomorrow, we must gird ourselves for the battles yet to come". When asked if he had the votes, Ryan didn't answer and walked briskly away from the press corps.

House GOP: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican bill will result in 24 million fewer people having health insurance by 2026, compared to the ACA. "But he said that while he and his colleagues worked to build a consensus on how best to fix our flawed healthcare system and build a patient-centered system that works for the American people", they learned it was hard. The plan doesn't even cover x-rays or blood draws. Under her Affordable Care Act plan, she pays $480 a month for coverage and has an out-of-pocket maximum of $3,500 a year.

"Every single person who spoke out is a hero, and we couldn't have defended the Affordable Care Act without them", Heck said in a statement.

Lacking that ability under the proposed Republican law but newly able to shrink benefits, insurers might be more tempted than ever to avoid covering expensive conditions. "This is adding even more uncertainty to an already-uncertain situation, making it unlikely insurers would continue to participate", said Cynthia Cox, associate director of health reform and private insurance for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"They either can revise what we have, or they can keep what we have until it fails, and eventually it will crumble, it will fail", says State Senator Rick Jones.

Trump and Ryan agreed during the transition process to tackle health care first, partly for procedural reasons: With both health care and tax reform, Republicans planned to use a legislative tactic known as "budget reconciliation" that prevents Senate Democrats from blocking measures with a filibuster. The law said we had to buy in or be penalized. And yet, at the moment when the stage lights snapped on with a great buzz, and Republicans were finally about to debut their act before a paying audience, they froze up with stage fright.

The problem of course is that repeal effort, which many thought would be a slam dunk, was abandoned because the House Republicans didn't have enough support from within their own ranks.

It would also replace the health law's individual mandate - the requirement that nearly everyone have health insurance or face a penalty - with a 30 percent surcharge on their premium for late enrollment or allowing your insurance to lapse for more than 63 days within a year. But conservative Republicans remain strongly interested in changing the ACA's minimum essential benefits requirement. "There are going to be some states that will not". "It's going to be really critical to see how quickly the states react".

  • Salvatore Jensen