We can't afford any more partisan health care plans

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

Overall, based on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates, 14 million Americans would lose health coverage next year, and a total of 24 million would lose coverage over the next 10 years if the bill became law.

Congressman Walter Jones, R-N.C., said Thursday he plans to vote against House Republicans' recently unveiled legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements". They promised all Americans would have access to affordable quality health care. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said in a Facebook post Saturday night that while he believes the Affordable Care Act is "broken", he wouldn't vote for the Republican bill in its current form, citing its impact on the "single most important issue plaguing" his constituents, "opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery". The changes to Medicaid would be "disastrous for patients and could create a fiscal crisis for NY", adds a top official of the state health care association.

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly vowed to repeal Obamacare, agreed on Friday to add fresh changes to Medicaid.

"I'm going to have a hard time being able to afford this", Chris MacLellan, a 60-year-old Florida resident, told the Orlando Sentinel. The Trump administration has backed the AHCA with the president praising it as "wonderful" and Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Some people are facing "astronomical" costs for prescription drugs, he said. Joe Holler, a vice president of the Illinois Hospital Association says the state has been low-balling its own Medicaid rates - how much the state pays doctors and hospitals when a recipient gets care - for years. "This bill would take it up to five times, plus the tax-break portion of this lowers the amount that people 50 to 64 are now receiving". The top Republican in Congress told "Fox News Sunday" that leaders seek to address concerns of rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation. That's because those ACA credits rise as premiums rise, giving insurers little incentive to keep their premiums low. Our legislators seem to have no qualms about screwing old, poor, and infirm people, those most in need, under this proposed Act. Republicans hope that by restraining the government's financial help to patients, insurance companies will offer cheaper policies that better match the cost of the tax credits.

Right now, insurance companies are allowed to charge people over three times what other people have to pay.

"And those people that you just described could afford to buy insurance, but they couldn't afford to go to the doctor because the deductibles were so high".

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