Health care reboot? White House pushing for new plan
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 2:07
That proposal was included in the failed GOP overhaul.
People gather to protest the push by Republican-lead government towards defunding the Affordable Care Act, at Westlake Park on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.A new Gallup Poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support Obamacare, its highest ever approval rating. About half also say lack of support from moderate Republicans in Congress (47%) and lack of leadership from President Trump (47%) were major factors. The talks also ignore the fact that numerous GOP's "no" votes were based on the legislation's sweeping changes to how Medicaid is funded, and the current negotiations don't address those concerns at all. The poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.
Trump's pledge to dismantle the ACA, at least, made for a rallying cry that even mainstream Republicans could wholeheartedly get behind, but the GOP has struggled to move forward. Another 40% wanted Obamacare in place with significant changes, while 30% wanted Obamacare repealed and replaced. Yet we are in danger of losing those protections, giving more power to the greed of insurance companies by potentially offering insurance coverage without emergency care as an essential benefit.
But health care industry consultant Robert Laszewski said it would also open a "back door" to a system where the sick can get priced out of coverage. Have we forgotten the directive to care for the "least of my brethren?" "So why wouldn't we do that?" Some 64% said it was a "good thing" that Congress did not pass the American Health Care Act, while only 29% said it was a "bad thing". Their employer, the US government, pays up to 72 percent of their premiums.
Each group polled-Republicans, Democrats and independents-are all more likely to approve of the ACA now than just after President Donald Trump was elected, according to Gallup. About 2 in 10 consider the law to be fatally flawed.
United States Senator Deb Fischer is disappointed Republicans in the House could not agree on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but she still hopes an agreement can be reached.
Top White House officials met moderate and conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday in an effort to revive a plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, commonly called Obamacare.