Times Trump Broke His Own Health Care Promises
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 9:43
The bill was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month and is now in the hands of the Senate-sending the country into a flurry over the possible effects of the AHCA.
"History shows us that this level of funding, which is pretty low, is not enough and that state budgets are going to be under severe stress based on this healthcare reform that they're pursuing", Stevenson says.
Providing health insurance to more people, then, requires more money.
If the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act became law, almost 117,000 Mainers - a little less than 10 percent of the state's population - would lose health insurance, according to an analysis released Thursday.
Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a key swing vote in the Senate, said that "Congress's focus must be to lower premiums with coverage which passes the Jimmy Kimmel test", referring to the late-night host's tearful monologue about the health problems of his newborn son.
Overall, this nonpartisan study by CBO found that the number of people without insurance nationwide would grow by roughly 23 million under the plan Rep. Stefanik voted for, hitting 51 million by the year 2026.
"In particular, out-of-pocket spending on maternity care and mental health and substance abuse services could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the nongroup enrollees who would use those services", the report said. He says the CBO score is hopeful in that many Utahns would end up having lower premiums than they do right now.
"Over time, it would become more hard for less healthy people (including people with pre-existing medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly", the CBO wrote. In contrast, under the House's alternative, the CBO predicts that about one-sixth of the population would reside "in areas in which the nongroup market would start to become unstable beginning in 2020".
The legislation would decrease the federal deficit by about $119 billion, but at a steep cost. "There are people out there who get no subsidies who are in the individual market who are in the small employer market and they've been killed by these small premium hikes", Haismailer said.
Carrying signs and chanting in opposition to the AHCA, Representatives from Planned Parenthood Advocates of OH, the Human Rights Campaign, the Universal Health Care Action Network and about two dozen speakers and protesters gathered outside the Scripps Building on Walnut downtown where Portman has an office.
"The goal of any ACA replacement should be to improve access to quality health care while providing consumers with more choices and restraining costs".
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. By contrast, 20 percent said they would be more likely to vote for a Senator who supports it, while 31 percent say the issue wouldn't affect their vote. Those in poor health left in comprehensive plans could face premiums that keep rising until they become unaffordable, because there would be fewer healthy people in those plans to share the cost.