Senate Conservatives Look to Slash Medicaid

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

Put differently, the CBO's projection that enrollment rises from 10 million in 2017 to 13 million by 2020 is simply the wrong point of comparison when thinking about, for example, the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). But the mandate counterbalances another aspect of ObamaCare: the rules forbidding insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or from charging them higher premiums than healthy people. "I hope you enjoyed it" - we've got to find a way", she said.

The Insurance Department is seeking bids from consultants to develop macroeconomic models on the probable impact of a number of possible changes in health care, the department said. This act would replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and would NOT be affordable for many people in the 21st District if enacted. "Importantly, the bill provides a stable transition to help ensure low-income Americans have access to quality, affordable options through a new, competitive, state-based private insurance marketplace". "They make a lot of money".

While attention has been focused on the last-minute amendments House Republicans proposed in an effort to win passage of the bill, important aspects of the legislation, and its effects, have remained largely unchanged for weeks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan canceled the initial vote on the GOP plan over lack of enough support from conservative and moderate lawmakers. Obamacare made a change.

The AHCA has set aside $123 billion for states that choose to establish a risk-sharing program, with an additional $15 billion that can go toward maternity coverage, newborn care, mental health and substance abuse.

If you voted for the Republican Party you really have to ask yourself if you want pre-existing conditions to return as a part of the health care system. People living with a host of medical conditions are anxious about the future of their coverage if the Republican plan becomes law. What the ad doesn't tell you is that insurers can already charge older people more than younger adults - three times as much. Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable.

Marie Gordon, spokeswoman for Sen.

"The thing that's not understood is the majority of Medicaid is spent on the elderly", he said. One of her staffers recently informed me, "We don't all have pre-existing conditions". It's why we're calling on Sen. A spokeswoman for Grassley said later he hasn't come to a position on expanded Medicaid.

The House bill is a beginning, not an end.

Senate leaders said they would not vote on the House plan and will instead draft their own legislation. It has been criticized for no women members, though Capito met with the group this week. In a couple of special congressional elections, the House Republicans' American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed on a partisan vote and is embraced by President Donald Trump, is helping the Democrats. It is time for us to fulfill one of the promises in the Preamble to the Constitution to "promote the general Welfare".