Local Reaction To New CBO Score On Health Care Bill

According to CBO estimates, Trumpcare will kick 23 million people off of their health insurance plans over the next 10 years. Durbin called for improvements to the Affordable Care Act, not repeal. "People who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all", the CBO found.

That was a knock on 11th-hour changes Republicans made in the bill to gain conservatives' votes by letting states get waivers to boost premiums on the ill and reduce coverage requirements. But that would come at the expense of 23 million people who would not be able to afford health insurance over the next decade.

Additionally, the revised AHCA cuts Medicaid spending by $800 billion, causing 14 million fewer people to be enrolled in 10 years. Republicans also control the U.S. Senate, and many Republican Senators say there is no way they can pass the House bill without changes that would protect more consumers. "Right now, insurance companies must cover millions of Americans such as myself who suffer with a pre-existing conditions". That's alarming - and yet it's only one of many ways in which Trump is breaking his promises on health care. The liberal-leaning Urban Institute said the analysis offered nothing new, calling the House Republican bill a "tax bill paired with Medicaid cuts" to benefit the richest households in the country. All indications are that the upper chamber of Congress will take a more systematic approach to drafting legislation.

Tavenner also expressed concern that Medicaid reforms included in the GOP's American Health Care Act would result in "unnecessary disruptions in the coverage and care beneficiaries depend on".

Cassidy and Collins have proposed an alternative Obamacare replacement plan. The previous version of the bill reduced shortfalls by $150 billion. As NPR's Susan Davis reported Wednesday, the Senate is likely to write its own version of the bill.

Many people in states that under the bill could permit slimmer benefits and higher premiums for customers with pre-existing conditions "would face substantial increases in their out-of-pocket costs", the report said.

And, lastly, we have no idea how the law impacts woman's access and insurance coverage for birth control and prenatal care.

Providing health insurance to more people, then, requires more money. Insurers said that without certainty of those payments, they'll be forced to tack 15-20 percent onto their premiums.

Committee and leadership staffers will begin writing legislation when senators are in their home states during the Memorial Day recess, said Sen. "It can not be overemphasized that, as changes and reforms to the individual market are considered as part of a broader package, the timeline is extremely short to advance these crucial steps to improve stability and affordability for consumers in the individual market and have a positive impact on 2018 premiums", the letter said.

Without naming the Trump administration, the report said factors encouraging insurers to flee some markets include lack of profits and "substantial uncertainty" about federal actions. Good policy for the American people doesn't matter anymore, it is all about cheap political wins, and "We the People" are the victims.

  • Zachary Reyes