Health Care gains in danger!!

Olive Rios
June 24, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill won't be released until next week. Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz have said that they are "not ready to vote for this bill" as it does not "repeal Obamacare", one of President Trump's key election promises.

Paul said that the Senate bill's failure to address Obamacare's subsidies to insurance companies proceeds with a trend of "bailing out" insurers. And GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Many Republicans oppose the group because it provides abortions, the AP said. Both the House and Senate would have to vote again on a final version before sending it to President Donald Trump for signature. Republicans view Obama's Affordable Care Act as a costly government intrusion into the private marketplace.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost". "A life and death issue".

He said now that leadership knows there are not 50 votes for the bill, he hopes a negotiation can begin.

"It's going to make it much harder to avoid a pregnancy that you don't want, it's going to make it harder to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy, and it's going to make it harder to take care of that baby when you do have it", says Andrea Flynn, a health policy fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a left-leaning think tank.

The Senate Republican health-care bill would not repeal and replace Obamacare. A week or so, assuming a major vote before the July 4 recess, appears even worse a rush to get a health care financing bill, but not necessarily a bill that's good for health care for many Americans.

ABC news reporter Miriam Khan said she noticed some blood splattered on the floor. "This bill is not who we are as a country". "A lot of Medicaid recipients will lose health insurance that they have gained, as the Medicaid program cuts through state block grants worsen over time and the dollars for supporting Medicaid expansion disappear".

In terms of ending the Medicaid expansion, the House bill would start a rollback in 2020 and the Senate is over a three-year process, starting in 2021. But federal funding for the program would be capped, based either on a fixed amount per enrollee in states or as a lump-sum block grant paid directly to states, according to published reports. Starting in 2025, the cap would be allowed to increase at the rate of inflation in the economy. First, what is meaner: Letting states waive the preexisting condition protection, or allowing insurance markets to fail so that millions of people have no access to insurance?

This structure could appeal to both Senate moderates and conservatives, a Washington Post analysis contended. "Most of health care has fixed prices".

"This bill may change, but Republicans will only be putting lipstick on a devastating blow to Americans' health care", said Sen. "Cuts to Medicaid will lead to more asthma attacks". "This bill risks health care coverage from hundreds of thousands of Coloradans while raising premiums on hard-working Coloradans in order to pay for huge tax cuts for rich CEOs".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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