Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

MacArthur is a Republican who played a key role in helping the GOP-led U.S. House pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill. Version 1.0 of the American Health Care Act died without a vote; version 2.0 deserves to die in the Senate.

More than 6 million Americans have pre-existing health conditions and patchy health insurance coverage that would leave them vulnerable to stiff premium hikes under the new Republican health plan, according to a new analysis published Wednesday.

With 62 senators, including 20 Republicans, coming from states that expanded their Medicaid coverage under the PPACA, the House's American Health Care Act nearly certainly can't pass the Senate in its present form, the Times notes.

Congressional analysts estimate 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the bill, including 14 million by next year.

"Beyond affordability questions, a single-payer system would impose government price control on all health-care services, eliminating any vestige of market competition in a major sector of the state economy", the Empire Center's Bill Hammond wrote a year ago after the Assembly passed this same bill.

Despite a last ditch provision in the bill ostensibly meant to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, there is no other way to put it, confidence that there will be basic protections for individuals will pre-existing conditions is gone.

But given that the expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income, able-bodied, childless adults increased the program's costs by only 12%, while overall expenditures are projected to increase by 64% over the next decade, the broader trajectory of the program is ultimately a more important issue.

"The amount of money the states would have to make up would be almost impossible", Cox said.

Warren made her comments during a tour of the Cambridge Health Alliance Malden Care Center in Malden.

"If we allow Republicans in Washington, politicians in Washington, to do to Medicaid, what they are trying to do, it will change American life". "The hope is that eventually states get more control over their insurance markets". Under the House bill, those payments to state governments would drop to roughly 57 percent of the coverage costs, instead of 90 percent, which is what the federal government is set to pay in 2020.

Senator Bob Casey said the GOP health care plan could hurt school districts and special education students. McKinley, however, said these concerns are overblown.

Either consumers will not be able to afford the coverage, or they will find that insurers will be unable to cover all conditions, said healthcare attorney Eric Cheung, a partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP in Los Angeles. "We've got to make the changes to it so that people can have their insurance and not have these skyrocketing premiums and deductibles". Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who have put forward a more centrist healthcare plan that would allow states to keep much of ObamaCare in place if they choose.

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