Winners And Losers Under The House GOP Health Bill
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 0:46
The vote also replaced Obamacare with what's known as the American Health Care Act.
The new American Health Care Act will have impacts on both businesses and individuals. And it's why no one should assume that the Senate won't do the same, for the same reason. He added, "Are we going to keep the promises that we made, or are we going to falter?"
The Republican health care bill, a top-flight priority the party almost left for dead six weeks ago, headed toward a House showdown vote Thursday.
Four of Arizona's five House Republicans voted for the American Health Care Act.
John Haupert, chief executive officer of Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia's largest safety-net hospital, also said after the House vote that he worries that customers who have coverage through the exchanges will not be able to afford Obamacare plans next year. The lack of combined support from GOP moderates and the ultraconservative wing of the party forced House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the AHCA before the vote. The repeal bill passed by House Republicans would do the opposite. As South Carolina Sen.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham expressed concerns.
"We're going to have insurance for everybody", Trump told The Washington Post's Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein during an interview less than a week before his inauguration. Never mind that Webster held out until he was given vague assurances by Trump and congressional leaders that somehow Medicaid patients in Florida's nursing homes would be protected even though analysts estimate more than 50,000 would lose coverage. Susan Collins of Maine. Things will only get tougher in the Senate, something the president and House lawmakers acknowledged even as they spiked the football after a hard-fought win.
One thing local Republicans agree on? Members of the Freedom Caucus called it "Obamacare Lite" or "Obamacare 2.0" and refused to support it.
"Greg needs to know all the facts, because it's important to know exactly what's in the bill before he votes on it", spokesman Shane Scanlon said. Once again, this is because of the bill's cuts to Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that an earlier version of the bill would leave about 14 million fewer people covered by Medicaid by 2026. And they need to get to work right now.
The AHCA, a.k.a. Trumpcare, would allow states to opt out of that requirement.
Those talks produced the MacArthur amendment. The AHCA would no longer eliminate "essential health benefits"-it would just give states the option of doing so". While insurers could not deny people insurance because of pre-existing conditions, they would be allowed to charge them as much as they want.
The AHCA allocates billions of dollars to help cover those with pre-existing conditions, but an initial analysis from Avalere Health shows that funding would not be almost enough to cover everyone.
In short: Republicans found a way to pass this, because they believed they didn't have a choice.
Ohio's Rob Portman said he agrees with the general objective of replacing Obamacare with a more sustainable alternative. So they did something.
"The [ACC] opposes the AHCA in its current form and is disappointed by its passage today in the U.S. House of Representatives", she said in a statement.
While some Republicans and Trump touted the revised bill with claims that it will have lower deductibles and premiums, many experts argue with that assessment, saying that costs will likely rise for the most vulnerable, according to PolitiFact.
The legislation would also end the enhanced match rate for Medicaid expansion for new enrollees starting in 2020.
The last one in this group presents thorny issues for leadership. Once it gets through conference, those with any remaining opposition who voted for it in either chamber will feel obligated to get it across the finish line, having voted already and having gotten it that far. "Now that this legislation is coming to the Senate, I am redoubling my effort to fight like hell on behalf of families, seniors and individuals with disabilities who will be immeasurably harmed by it". Their version will apparently be so different that they won't take up the House version as a starting point. They may find it unpleasant.