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Alabama Senator: 'A lot' of changes could come to healthcare bill
May 30 2017, 07:25 | Alonzo Simpson
Now it's the Senate's turn to tackle health care legislation. When you don't commit to refining the ACA, fixing what is incomplete with wisdom and good intentions and instead offer a cruel, arrogant document of doom to blow past us the lie: that you care and work for us.
On May 4, the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) seven years after Republicans pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Thune is one of 13 senators looking at ways to tweak the bill before it hits the floor. They're telling us that it covers pre-existing conditions. Even that only works for "reconciliation" bills, which are how they plan to pass health care and tax bills, leaving infrastructure out in the cold unless they can make it appealing to at least eight Democrats.
Among those being targeted are Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, the moderate Republican who helped revive the bill by authoring an amendment on pre-existing conditions, as well as Dave Brat of Virginia, a conservative Freedom Caucus member.
As soon as Trump was elected, state officials were on notice that changes were likely.
Thune says in the House bill, the credits give too much assistance to the wealthy. Thirty-one states started 2017 with deficits - a couple are closing in on $1 billion, according to a MultiState Associates study.
Officials in CT have set up a similar task force, and NY lawmakers say they are prepared to hold a special session later this year to deal with any fallout from the health care changes.
That's the latest name of what was known as Arkansas' "private option" plan to buy health insurance for eligible citizens with money provided under Obamacare to expand Medicaid. This year, the state was required to pick up 5 percent of the cost. Some have criticized that measure's cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people, the federal subsidies that would leave many consumers with higher out-of-pocket costs and the estimated 24 million people who'd lose coverage.
"This included $60 billion in additional funding for older and disabled Americans in Medicaid and made sure that everyone in Medicaid Expansion - including over 500,000 New Jerseyans - could remain there permanently with a full federal match", he said. The new bill also should use free-market forces to lower coverage prices for users. Those are also the services that help keep people out of hospitals and nursing homes.
It's not just Democratic governors sounding the alarm.
It was one of the biggest promises President Trump made during his election campaign.
Branchburg: President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans today to "not let the American people down", as the contentious debate over overhauling the USA health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away.
Underscoring those concerns, Ohio Sen. That's roughly 712,000 people.
"We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics, that's not what this is about; it's about getting a job done", the aide said. She said she's working with Sen.
States vary in how they handle health-insurance rates.
They failed to recognize that Obamacare was becoming more and more popular as time wore on - not less. Such a bill would preserve, in some way, Americans' two favorite aspects of the ACA, allowing children to stay on their parents' health insurance for several years longer than they had in pre-ACA days and working out a coverage plan for people with pre-existing condition. That means people with those conditions could be placed in "high-risk pools".
"I think if you were incredibly optimistic, you would have something done by August, and that is if everything goes according to planned and if everyone sitting around the campfire is singing Kumbaya", the aide said.
For their part, insurers have publicly asserted that they do not want to discriminate against people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, wasn't fretting about tough decisions.