Senate Expected to Give House Health Care Plan the Cold Shoulder

I live in the 9th Congressional District and am writing to commend Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for her recent vote against the American Health Care Act.

House Republican legislation that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act with a measure that could leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance received a thumbs down from Americans in a new poll. Their bill, the American Health Care Act, has come under withering attacks from almost all major healthcare groups, particularly providers. But it would cut taxes, which could jolt the economy, and it could prevent the full collapse of Obamacare. Conservative lawmakers also hope to give states more flexibility in how they allocate these federal funds and create incentives for spending Medicaid dollars more prudently.

You can hear more of our interview with Congressman McKinley above, including info on his work to fight opioid addiction and promoting energy research, or listen to West Virginia Morning, Monday at 7:41 a.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

My office has received a lot of questions about the community rating waiver that could be available to states under the AHCA.

"I've already made clear that I don't support the House bill as now constructed because I continue to have concerns that this bill does not do enough to protect Ohio's Medicaid expansion population, especially those who are receiving treatment for heroin and prescription drug abuse", Sen.

But as the Senate has taken up its version of Obamacare repeal-and-replacement legislation, it looked like Senate "moderates" would finally focus on the nation's huge federal-state program for providing low-income people with health coverage.

Under the Republican plan, that ratio changes to 5:1.

The Senate is widely expected to come up with its own version of the bill. "I am pleased the process to improve our health care system will continue with action by the Senate and further negotiations with the House". And it will affect every state, not just the 31 that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under Obamacare. If the Senate passes a bill that guts Medicaid even more than the House proposal, those senators could face a lot of heat in the 2020 election cycle. "The Republicans right now seem to think they're going to be able to write this bill all by themselves and then cram it down the throats not just of Democrats but of tens of millions of people across this country". I don't care who you are - we're all going to have a pre-existing condition at some point in our lives. She said under the law more people have been getting access to preventive care.

  • Larry Hoffman