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US Rep. Fitzpatrick: 'I can not support' Republican health care plan

November 25 2017, 11:12 | Irvin Gilbert

US Rep. Fitzpatrick: 'I can not support' Republican health care plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. speaks with reporters as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday March 14 2017

Donald Trump promised to take on the drug companies and protect Medicare.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week", Price said the administration is working with lawmakers to ensure the American Health Care Act "works for people in the real world". Griffith said they were focused on keeping the reconciliation legislation in line with the Senate's Byrd rule, meaning any amendments must be tied to the budget in order to pass the bill without any Democratic support.

The hardest hit would be those who are older and with the lowest incomes, a considerable demographic in Florida, said David Bruns, an AARP spokesman.

Howard now has insurance she bought on the insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act, but she worries that she won't be able to afford it under the House Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

He has vowed to do better, promising "insurance for everybody".

"Obamacare is a disaster that has hurt the middle class", the aide said, "and we call on all Democrats to put the American people first".

Parsing the numbers further, 46.9 percent of NY youngsters - 2.1 million up to age 18 - are covered through Medicaid.

In the statement, the agencies said the new proposals threaten to undermine coverage for the disabled and abuse victims, rehabilitative funding for mental health and substance abuse issues and affordable coverage for those with disabilities or significant health problems.

Becker said young people are already cheaper to insure, and they're most likely to take the risk of buying insurance plans that offer less coverage.

Under Obamacare, some 20 million people gained coverage.

And most of those newly uninsured would come from the ranks of older Americans and from the lower and middle income earners.

In a statement, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) praised the report's findings that premiums over time would drop, yet acknowledged the concern sweeping throughout Capitol Hill as Republican leaders worked to offset the report. Therefore, the GOP plan is an attempt to inhibit many, perhaps most, of the non-rich from having good health insurance.

But with a heart condition and other medical needs, MacLellan said he is anxious about whether he will able to afford his health insurance under the Republican proposal. Many people, particularly those who did not qualify for subsidies, complained that coverage was unaffordable.

Under the AHCA, federal Medicaid funding - starting in 2020 - would be capped based on how much each state spent per enrollee in 2016. They paid less than 10% of their income for insurance. More than 69 percent of that comes from the federal government. Tax credits for older people, however, would be only twice as large as those for younger adults. The GOP bill would provide refundable tax credits to an individual making as much as $215,000 or a couple earning $290,000.

Unlike the individual mandate in the ACA, the money from the late-enrollment surcharge would go to insurance companies and not the government.

In fact, the legislation could make those high-deductible plans more prevalent. It also lets those up to 26 years old stay on their parent's plans. But the more I learn, the worse it gets.

Health care delivery and health care payments both need reform.

By repealing the 0.9 percent payroll tax on higher-income workers, the bill would push Medicare four years closer to financial insolvency and diminish the program's capacity to pay for future services.



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