Virginia officials comment on House health care vote

House Republicans say they have protected people with pre-existing health problems. "Trumpcare will strip millions of people of health coverage, bankrupt families and make it harder for people to get the medical care they need".

For starters, under Obamacare everyone had to have insurance or pay a penalty fee. States will also be allowed to decide if insurers can deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.

"Eliminating the community rating provision disproportionately affects women - insurers can claim having given birth, having had a C-section, or having been a survivor of domestic violence is a so-called pre-existing condition", she said.

South Carolina's Republican lawmakers saw the House's passing of the newly revived American Health Care Act on Thursday as a step in the right direction towards improving health care. "The amendment appears to offer little relief for these skyrocketing costs for the sick; what relief it would provide is impossible for any patient or family to predict".

Trumpcare isn't a replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Under the AHCA, which Lynch voted against, federal subsidies for insurance would be replaced by tax credits as the principal way to reduce the cost of health care. "And one of the most egregious situations would be the undermining of protections for people who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault", she said. The bill mandates that after 2020, those states now covering their residents under Medicaid expansion programs would no longer receive funding to cover these low-income Americans.

Some Republicans, like U.S. Rep.Tom Emmer from just north of the Twin Cities, said the GOP bill is not ideal, but giving states more authority means residents will benefit. As such, supporters often tout that the ACA increased the number of insured Americans by 20 million people, about 6% of the population. Under a block grant, there would be a finite cap on the amount of federal funding paid to the state, which means that much of the costs of Medicaid would shift to the states.

"This is the worst bill for women's health in a generation", Alicia Kenaley, vice president of development and public affairs, said in a statement. States can opt out of requiring insurers to cover those patients and it immediately freezes the medicaid expansion.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion. Their plan remains wildly unpopular, and that's before people start actually losing health coverage. Medical expenses outpaced premiums collected, and losses averaged $5,500 per person enrolled.

Of course, how long the money lasts also depends on how many states apply for waivers.

"We are concerned that the American Health Care Act is going to cause a huge retreat in the number of people who are insured", said Wendy Burt, spokesperson for the Minnesota Hospital Association, which represents almost all the state's health systems and hospitals. That's OK with them, because when the improvements are implemented, Americans will be glad that the GOP was courageous enough to fix the Obamacare mess instead of letting the ACA fail entirely, potentially leaving many Americans with no coverage or coverage option at all.

Obamacare required Medicaid and individual private insurance plans to cover "essential health benefits" including substance abuse and mental healthcare, enabling more people who formerly did not qualify for services such as residential treatment and mental health therapy to pay for them.

It would let insurers mark up premiums by 30 percent for those who have a lapse in insurance coverage of about two months or more.

That analysis also predicted that the House bill would cut the federal deficit by $337 billion over those same 10 years.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Central Brooklyn, Coney Island) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor severely criticizing House Republicans for rushing through a disastrous healthcare bill that will strip lifesaving medical care away from 24 million Americans and blow a hole in the national deficit.

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