A plan that will worsen health care

Cheryl Sanders
March 19, 2017

"After considering the current healthcare bill in a thorough and deliberate manner, I have concluded that, although the American Health Care Act focuses on several much-needed reforms to our healthcare system, in its current form I can not support this legislation", Fitzpatrick wrote.

Ryan said Republican leaders still plan to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday. Federal officials past year estimated 6.4 million people signed up through the ACA's insurance marketplaces, while the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in January that its Medicaid expansion extended coverage to 10.7 million people.

American families living below the poverty level are more likely to struggle with drug addiction.

The Joint Committee on Taxation and CBO estimate that the AHCA would reduce federal deficits by almost $340 billion over the next 10 years, with the bulk of savings attained by reducing Medicaid expenditures and eliminating subsidies for nongroup health insurance.

Then there's the new funding limits the proposal would create. The new plan would turn Medicaid into block grant program and put caps on spending.


"I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid", Trump tweeted a couple of months before entering the 2016 race. These populations make up 96 percent of people on Medicaid in Texas.

After a Friday meeting with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said he would support the "American Health Care Act", the Republican response to the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

In the Senate, Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Portland Press Herald, "This is not a bill I could support in its current form".

Driven by the ways in which the bill would seriously harm Americans 50 and older, AARP has chose to make the decision on final passage in the House "an accountability vote".

Do Republican leaders have the governing skill to produce a compromise that protects people who have coverage now, creates a system that covers even more, finds sensible savings and can pass Congress?


They are older people nearing retirement who will see their premiums skyrocket.

"But at the same time", she says, "employee privacy - and their family members' privacy, frankly - would be implicated if this bill becomes law".

But the AHCA proposes flat tax credits based on age and income.

"The current law allows older people to be charged three times that of a younger person", he said. But under the GOP plan, his annual premium would be $14,600 since the tax credit would not offset as much of the cost.

The legislation has drawn the ire of influential groups, such as the AARP. TRUMP: Yeah.CARLSON: A Bloomberg analysis showed that counties that voted for you - middle-class and working-class counties - would do far less well under this bill -TRUMP: Yeah.


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