Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 10:58
This document should lay to rest any controversy surrounding the effects of this legislation on the health care of Americans.
Republican efforts to overhaul the U.S. health care system may need to move to the back burner so Congress instead can prioritize a short-term measure to stabilize health insurance markets, U.S. Sen.
We must insist that the Senate gives us a better health care plan. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" But many GOP lawmakers still want to talk just about premiums.
"This is the kind of information that they've been dreading", Joe Antos, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, says of GOP leaders. The new CBO estimate of the newly uninsured is only about a million people fewer than the prior plan rejected by the House in March.
Senate Republicans are in the process of overhauling the House bill, but they are also struggling to bridge the many divides within the party.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans face a government mandate to purchase a one-size-fits-all product they do not want and, often, can not afford.
About 45 percent of Americans say they expect their health care costs to rise.
Brad Wilson, the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, who also participated in the panel, said questions around the enforcement of the individual mandate were a factor in the company's requested 22.9 percent rate hike for next year. Those considering Republicans responsible includes most Democrats (77%) and independents (63%), and half (49%) of Republicans.
That led to 20 million more insured, but also higher premiums for people buying their own policies, along with tax increases and considerable federal regulation. Meanwhile, 26% want the Senate to make major changes to it, and 24% want at least minor changes. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.
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The poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser foundation, which studies health policy, finds most voters want changes to the AHCA.
Republicans may have a touch of tunnel vision, suggests Robert Blendon, who follows the politics of health care at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The new findings reflect those of other polls conducted since the House passed the GOP's revised health care bill.
In an opinion piece published Tuesday in U.S. News and World Report, recently ousted Molina CEO Mario Molina said Republicans are peddling a false narrative when they say the ACA exchanges are in a death spiral and can not recover. More Americans, interestingly, view Obamacare favorably than the AHCA.
MOLLYANN BRODIE: What we're seeing this time around is that the support for the Republican plan is a weaker type of support than the opposition to it.
"People who are less healthy (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive. health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all", said the CBO report.