Armstrong said he likes the new American Health Care Act, the Obamacare replacement proposed by House Republicans, saying, “I actually read the bill that’s been produced, that’s coming out of the House now and I really like a lot of the changes in it”.
Rep. Ryan (R-Wisc.), the speaker of the house, bizarrely called the CBO report “encouraging”. “Most people would buy something they want, rather than something they’re forced to buy”, she said.
There were similarly stark second-day analyses, such as the bill’s impact on veterans.
More than half of the tax-cut benefits would flow to the wealthy. But its budgeteers were largely on target regarding the Affordable Care Act’s effects on premiums.
The CBO also predicted in 2010 that 30 million people would gain coverage because of the health law by 2016 The CBO lowered its estimate to 22 million in March 2016. If the president and GOP leaders make an urgent case that enacting the House bill is vital to preserving Republican majorities in 2018 and beyond, history suggests they have decent chances of whipping House and Senate majorities in line. Only four Republicans need to join Democrats on the committee in voting against the bill for it to fail. Vox counted 12 Republicans expressing a range of doubts as of Tuesday.
Backed by Trump, House Republican leaders say coverage statistics are misleading because rising out-of-pocket costs make the policies many gained under Obama’s statute unaffordable.
The House legislation has run into trouble in recent days. There are other ways hardcore right-wingers whose professed desire to rein in spending-regardless of real-life harms-might come on board.
Several conservative Republicans in the House said the plan was too similar to the Obamacare provisions it would replace, while some Republicans are concerned it will not lead to more affordable healthcare coverage.
Separately, a White House analysis showed 26 million people would lose coverage over the next 10 years, Politico reported, citing an Office of Management and Budget document. “Republican legislators will now be forced to answer questions about why tens of millions of Americans will lose coverage and how those people will fare under the new system”. He was heartened by the CBO projection that his plan would lower the federal budget deficit – at the expense of people losing their health insurance, and perhaps their lives, because they couldn’t afford medical care in the future under his fractured plan.
The negotiations will not be constrained to the House, as the bill seems to face a greater challenge in the Senate. Working moms and dads are raising families on one, two or three hourly wage jobs that don’t offer health insurance.
Dent told CNN that rolling back the Medicaid expansion before 2020 – which conservatives have been asking the White House to do – would be a “non-starter” and could potentially endanger the legislation on the House floor and in the Senate, where almost 20 members hail from Medicaid expansion states.
Speaking from the floor Monday, Sen.
– You’d pay higher premiums. Not long ago, HHS secretary Tom Price-one of the chief complainers of late-had this to say about Keith Hall, the current CBO director: “Keith Hall will bring an impressive level of economic expertise and experience to the Congressional Budget Office …”
“There is no possible way a bill can be drafted by an individual or a handful of people and shoved down the throats of 535 people”. The Republicans holding the real reins of powers-in Congress via lawmaking and executive branch via rulemaking-aren’t considering human needs first.
Medicaid – the joint federal-state insurance program created in 1965 which provides health coverage to low-income families and individuals, including children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities – has grown to become the largest entitlement by enrollment in the country.