Another Lawmaker Says No to Trump's Healthcare Bill

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. One of the things, of course, they say is that by making it less expensive for young people - would also make it more expensive for older people - more young people might go ahead and purchase insurance.

"Without insurance I don't know what I'm going to do".

Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care or expensive prescriptions.

Well, the individual mandate is about as popular as vegetables are with my kids. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

"If we roll that back at a time when Medicaid has been the largest benefit to getting these folks treatment, we're going to see the number of overdoses, not just in OH, but across the country, they're going to skyrocket".

Menendez said the Senate's bill to repeal Obamacare could ultimately slash $30 billion in Medicaid funding in New Jersey, where more than a half-million people enrolled under Medicaid expansion could lose coverage.

Fair to say there isn't anything you like in this new plan? It's really scary. She's going to die, it's a reality. If the risk pool is healthier, premiums would rise more slowly. That's the so-called "death spiral". The bill would slash Medicaid and rescind the Obamacare requirement that most Americans have health insurance.

Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies.

There are choices and trade-offs made within [the Senate] bill that we should acknowledge. Whitlock offers three theories.

Molina also said that the bill's proposal to tie cost-sharing subsidies to the lowest-level "bronze"-rated healthcare plans will make coverage less affordable, not more, by raising customers' out-of-pocket costs".

Another theory is that Republicans are waiting for the insurance industry to demand the provision be inserted.

Finally, Whitlock suggests, senators could be deliberately trying to create a rickety market, so states will be forced to take matters into their own hands.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. "So do I completely rule that out as a possibility of why you go that route?"

Nationwide, almost 1.3 million people receive services for mental-health and substance abuse disorders under the Medicaid expansion, according to an estimate by economists Richard G. Frank of the Harvard Medical School and Sherry Glied of New York University. That's pretty much the options that would be on the table for states, and none of them are very pretty financially.

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