House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care Bill

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

"Millions of Californians" could lose health coverage under the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) due to reductions in federal subsidies and changes to Medicaid funding, according to Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. There are several GOP senators opposed to the bill, some of whom want a clean repeal of Obamacare, and other more moderate Republicans who fear that the repeal could hurt low-income Americans.

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black, who attended the Capitol Hill session, said there very likely would be changes to tax credits offered in the bill to do more for older, lower-income people - something Republican moderates have sought.

Democrats have roundly rejected the Republicans proposal, saying it harms the poor, elderly and working families while offering tax cuts to rich Americans and companies.

Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) says he supports the GOP health care bill in its current form.

Trump met last week with members of the Republican Study Committee and assured two small changes would be made to the bill. The bill faces an even tougher road in the Senate, where lawmakers are opposing it along the same lines as those in the House. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", Cotton said on CNN's State of the Union.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 14 million fewer people would have health insurance next year under the Republican plan, compared with Obamacare.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME anxious the bill would harm older Americans, and shift Medicaid costs to states-something critics say a block-grant approach would only make worse.

Affordability has been one of the bigger concerns that insurers and hospital groups have raised about the legislation.

Leadership's most urgent priority: Make sure they have the votes, changing the bill if necessary.

However, Obamacare failed to create a sustainable health insurance marketplace which solved the perplexing problem of making insurance attractive and cheap to uninterested healthy people, while creating affordable insurance for those needing health care services costing 10, 20 or 30 times their premium payments.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE