Americans already sick still face health care coverage problems, experts say

Cheryl Sanders
May 6, 2017

Who would've guessed this is what healthcare reform would look like?

Peter Kongstvedt, a Virginia health industry consultant, said some House Republicans are likely betting the Senate blocks their legislation from going forward.

Although the vote brings Republicans a step closer to fulfilling the singular campaign pledge that has united the party in recent years - and helped Trump win the White House - the bill will nearly certainly need substantial revisions if it is to pass the Senate. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as bumpy with little doubt the measure will change, assuming it survives.

And that was in a chamber Republicans control 238-193.

Trump praised Australia's universal health care right after the House repealed Obamacare.

Republicans in the Senate, where the bill is now headed, still have "widespread disagreement" on the health care issue, according to the Washington Post.


Cooper asked Sanders to weigh in on health care giant Aetna pulling out of Obamacare in Virginia, citing major losses. It allows states to waive some protections for those with pre-existing conditions, while letting insurers charge higher rates to older consumers and levy a 30% surcharge on the premiums of those who let their coverage lapse.

_Ends tax penalties Obama's law imposes on individuals who don't purchase health insurance and on larger employers who don't offer coverage to workers.

The bill is the first part of a three-pronged approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare.

As long as politicians keep treating health-care as a political wedge rather than a policy challenge, we're never going to see any meaningful changes to make it accessible and affordable.

Sure, some moderates who initially opposed the bill also supported this more conservative second version.

While the state does not mandate that insurers cover all abortion, like in California or New York, Massachusetts indicates that "medically necessary" abortions should be covered, along with cases of rape or incest. I predicted it a long time ago. Baker said he worries funding cuts could threaten a half a million people in MA who rely on Medicaid.


"I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid". Credits may not be used to buy policies that provide abortion coverage.

Wavering moderate Republicans had anxious that the legislation would undo a popular aspect of Obamacare and leave too many people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to afford health coverage. The defunding of Planned Parenthood.

The bill would block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, considered a triumph by many anti-abortion Republicans.

Other senators are also seeking changes.

Indiana's 8th District U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon voted in favor.

States that did not expand Medicaid under Obama's law are looking for additional funding for their programs. Sen. Assuming the conference committee can reach an agreement, which again will be hard, the compromise bill will then need to get passed in both the House and Senate.


In a tweet, she urged Democrats to "fight back on behalf of the millions of families that will be hurt by their actions". We don't know what this cost Americans in terms of premiums and what this will cost them in terms of coverage. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate health committee, said in an interview.

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