MA could be hit hard by Obamacare repeal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2017

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had both been pushing hard for the bill in recent days, and McCain's best friend in the Senate, Graham, was an author. From 2020 to 2026, Alaska would lose a total $1.7 billion, or almost one-third, of its federal Medicaid and marketplace funding as a result of the block grant.

"We're still working", said one GOP source involved in the process.

For Massachusetts, that could mean losing $5 billion in federal funding by 2026 under the latest repeal plan, and $8.7 billion the following year. "You could go all over the state and find that would be true".

The federal government pays 95 percent of the cost of their coverage. Aside from being expected to cough up more cash for health care, people with cancer, Alzheimer's, drug abuse problems and mental health issues would have essentially have no guarantee that they would be covered. The Alliance for Positive Health supports this effort to ensure access to affordable health insurance coverage.

According to the OPM analysis, on average, an individual in CT could expect to pay at least $3,300 or more in premiums each year without the federal tax credits and $1,000 more in out-of-pocket costs per year beginning in 2020. States would lose $240 billion in 2027 if the law weren't reauthorized, according to the Kaiser analysis.

Opponents of the bill, including McCain, have said they can not vote for it until they know how much it would cost and how many people would be affected - something that isn't yet clear.

She noted that she would take a final decision following a preliminary assessment of the bill's impact by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). He helped round up support for the proposal.

CT state and federal officials, along with insurers and the 50 Medicaid directors, have raised concerns over the proposal.

"Plain and simple- this is the most staggering version of Trumpcare we have seen yet", said Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat.

Experience with his son's need for multiple open-heart surgeries inspired Kimmel to wade into the murky waters of health care policy, and he blasted the Graham-Cassidy bill for failing the "Kimmel Test" (a term Cassidy initially coined).

"The bill eviscerates Medicaid and essentially ends the program as we know it", Malloy said. It would repeal the financing for Obama's health insurance expansion and create a big pot of money states could tap to set up their own programs, with less federal oversight.

Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, at a press conference in Hartford this week, called the Republican proposal "crueler and worse" than previous proposals to repeal the ACA.

"It throws millions off of health insurance", Blumenthal said. Ransacking Obamacare through the Graham-Cassidy bill could lead to more than 32 million people to lose coverage, according to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Kaine also doesn't believe there's enough in the bill to protect pre-existing conditions. "I don't think you can design a one-size-fits-all system on virtually anything for a country of this size and diversity". "It's failing badly", he said this week.

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