Report says bill leaves 51m uninsured in 2026
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:41
In a brief statement, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., the only member of Congress representing Fargo-Moorhead who cast a vote for the House Republican plan to replace the law commonly known as Obamacare, emphasized its financial savings. "House Republicans are proposing a plan that is a lot like Trumpcare in that it balances the budget on the backs of sick people while at the same time carving out exemptions for hedge funds and capital gains for the well-connected".
Those provisions included waivers states could get for insurers to raise premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions, and to ignore health benefits that must be covered under Obama's law.
Wednesday's vote mirrored one the House made last month during the marathon debate on the House's version of the state budget.
The vote in the House on SB 1010 was 84-1, with Delegate Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, being the only "no" vote.
"What we do know is that it has to save at least as much money as the House bill does".
Critics say the bill does not do enough to satisfy the Court's order. Terrell predicted the Supreme Court would reject the House's K-12 bill and require the governor to call the Legislature into special session in June.
"We can expect today's CBO analysis will likely show numerous same grave consequences", he said. Lawmakers have yet to reach a compromise on tax issues to fund a budget that now has a projected gap almost $890 million through June 2019, before any education increases.
Joseph Antos, a resident scholar at the libertarian American Enterprise Institute who specializes in health care, said the new estimate "is the same signal repeated", conveying that the changes congressional Republicans envision would cut the price of premiums and trim the deficit while leaving more Americans without insurance. Those include "contact between" peoples' mouths or genitals and an animal's genitals or mouth.
The bill makes those offenses state felonies.
The House was expected to vote on six bills stemming from a task force's recommendations aimed at decreasing the state's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and saving millions of dollars annually.
The House bill would relax numerous Obama statute's consumer protections, kill its mandate that people buy coverage, trim federal subsidies for insurance purchasers and cut the Medicaid program for lower-income and disabled people.
Most of those losing coverage would be beneficiaries of Medicaid, the health care program for poor and disabled people, though people buying individual policies or getting coverage at work would also become uninsured.
He and other senators said they would be spending the Memorial Day recess reviewing the discussions that have been taking place in the Senate over the past few weeks.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that whatever the report shows, it's unacceptable to retain former President Barack Obama's health care law.
The Republican-led Senate can only afford to lose two of its 52 members and still pass a health care bill.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration released a report Tuesday that found a 105 percent increase in average premiums for individually purchased coverage from 2013, just before Obama's statute took effect, to this year.