55 percent of Americans approve of Obamacare

Among Republicans, 60 percent want to repeal and replace the law.

President Donald Trump has turned his focus to tax reform, but he's put Vice President Pence in charge of corralling Republicans to push a new revised health care bill through congress.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), HR 676's sponsor, wrote in an op-ed this week, "I want my colleagues to join me in supporting single-payer not to save money or to win elections, but because it is the moral and just thing to do". And what happens when they come back is unclear.

The health care of the American people is too important an issue to continue engaging in endless wrangling to gain partisan advantage. But states could apply for waivers if they could improve coverage and reduce costs.

Others already on Medicaid or joining in the future would also have been affected. "Critics say it's a formula for weakening Medicaid, which now covers about 70 million people", an NBC explainer stated. Patients need to be assured that timely, high quality emergency care is available in their time of critical need; they should not be waiting on hold to check with their insurance company while clutching their chest in pain! Those who say we must accept a government takeover of America's health care system in order to cover the most vulnerable are creating a false choice. But the insurance companies don't look at it that way. Insurers would have been able to sell skimpy and cheaper coverage to those willing to gamble.

All right, Everybody knows the Republicans failed in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Scully said it's more a matter of time. As a physician who sees the ravages of our free-market health care system daily, I agree wholeheartedly.

DeMoro's assessment hits home to many readers of this column who have complained about higher and higher premiums, sky-high deductibles and coinsurance, and lack of choice.

Most hospitals write off the noninsurance cases as charity. Even worse, in some parts of the country there's only one insurer to buy from.

The Foundation's new analysis examines the amount insurers would need to increase premiums to make up for the lack of funding, if federal payments cease for the cost-sharing reduction program. For many of them, the ER was their first and last resort after avoiding the doctor for years because they had no health insurance.

"We can not let Congress reverse the successes we are achieving in health outcomes for District women because we still have a lot of work to do", Allen said.

The ACA did not provide for any serious cost containment, and the GOP plan didn't call for any either. American citizens have individual needs, and there is no "one-size fits all" plan that can work for everyone.

  • Leroy Wright