“The fact of the matter is AHCA does not deny coverage for pre-existing conditions”, Rooney said.
After addressing the American Health Care Act passing through the House on Thursday, Stephen Colbert returned to the topic on Friday’s Late Show, beginning with a subtle jab at President Trump losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical in getting a bill to Trump’s desk, voiced concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions. They includes House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
US President Donald Trump has declared Obamacare “essentially dead” after the Republican healthcare bill was narrowly passed by the House of Representatives.
“This is who we are”, Ryan told his colleagues this week. It all depends on what you call a lie.
“Recent changes did not address fundamental concerns about the bill’s impact on the 650,000 individuals that are part of our Medicaid expansion population, nor have those changes eased the concerns of the 350,000 people in the individual market who are dealing with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices”, Rauner said.
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3rd Dist.), whose proposal on the state waivers led to approval of the Republican measure, said the Medicaid cuts are created to force states to try hold down health care costs.
“They just passed a bill and they’re claiming it’s a repeal, but it’s not a repeal”. This means that by 2020, 8 million people relying on it for mental health treatments, and 10.4 million counting on it to help with their substance abuse problems, will lose coverage.
And, as we’ve seen, the state can’t even pave roads. “Now, I’m calling on the Senate to take action”.
” ‘Hey, we got this deal done”. But the bill did not receive full support from House GOP members.
Finally, between an interview with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday and another with the Buffalo News, New York Rep. Chris Collins indicated not only that he did not read the entire AHCA, but he also had no idea that the bill, if ratified, would cost his state $3 billion in federal funds now used to insure 19,000 of his constituents.
Insurers couldn’t charge these folks more for coverage either, because the health law’s “community rating” provision bars insurers from varying premium rates based on health status or medical history under a process known as medical underwriting, which was discontinued under Obamacare. He purchased a high-deductible plan for his family.
As it stands now, veterans who are currently enrolled in VA health care are deemed to meet minimum coverage requirements under Obamacare, meaning they are not eligible for tax credits.
Some were happy they could afford insurance for once, and others complained that their premiums went up astronomically.
The most likely alternative under the GOP plan would be to steer many of these people into high-risk coverage pools for the medically uninsurable. Tenney’s bill keeps the lower charges but reduces the number of insured.
Eager to check off a top campaign promise, Trump sought Sunday to pressure Senate Republicans on the issue.
A Congressional Budget Office estimate on an earlier version of the American Health Care Act estimated that 14 million people would lose their health care through the Medicaid cuts alone. A bill that didn’t do the things the White House supposedly demanded of it, such as really cover pre-existing conditions and raise standards and lower costs for everyone.
A total of 52 million people would be uninsured in 2026, compared with 28 million if Obamacare were to continue, according to the CBO report, which was released in March.
According to a study by Alavere in the individual market today almost 245,000 Americans have pre-existing conditions.
That wing is led by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a doctor who worked for decades in a charity hospital, and Susan Collins of Maine.