Florida could be "ground zero" for Republican health plan's effects, AARP says

Malcolm Fuller
March 18, 2017

Seriously. For seven years, Republicans have been talking about repealing Obamacare and replacing it with something else - and this is the best they can come up with?

The ACA uses a sliding scale based on income and the price of a standard plan to ensure that eligible Americans never pay more than 9.5 percent of their annual income on health insurance premiums.

About a quarter of the people on the exchanges are between 55 and 64, and they have more health problems than younger people do.

Ryan and fellow House Republican leaders have stated the health care bill can not please every GOP lawmaker because it must conform with the budget reconciliation process so as to avoid a Senate filibuster. "This bill would take it up to five times, plus the tax-break portion of this lowers the amount that people 50 to 64 are now receiving". The 8th congressional district alone has seen a 7.1 percentage drop in the uninsured rate since enactment of the law.

But numerous questions were emotionally charged, with citizens asking about plans to defund Planned Parenthood and the impact it will have on women's services, concerns over premium hikes for older Americans and why Price endorses a plan that would put an end to Medicaid expansion when so many people rely on Medicaid benefits.

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Nonetheless, proponents are pressing on. "The Republican health plan would make America's economic chasm worse". The prospect of seeing millions of Americans become uninsured has generated a growing opposition .

Under the Republican proposal, pre-existing conditions will not be an obstacle to coverage.

Currently, 90 percent of the 1.5 million Californians enrolled in Covered California get financial assistance based on their income to help them afford coverage, a tax credit on average of $440 a month. For some, the proposal under consideration in Congress could mean a tax credit reduction of almost $6,000. Robin Shank of Glasgow is one of them. "Moreover, Trump Care eliminates Medicaid expansion, strips millions of Americans of their coverage, and shifts an estimated $370 million in Medicaid costs to the states". Pharmaceutical industry fees under the ACA total about $2.7 billion a year, and the medical device tax set to take effect in 2018 amounts to about $2 billion per year, Moody's said. Hiking premiums for older Americans to put more money in the pockets of insurance companies is not the way to lower health care costs.

DE lawmakers in both parties have called for state government to do more to fight heroin use, and the state has passed laws such as expanded needle exchanges and tougher penalties for drug dealers whose "product" leads to a death.

"But at the same time", she says, "employee privacy - and their family members' privacy, frankly - would be implicated if this bill becomes law". Estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released this week found the bill would reduce the deficit by $33 billion.

"They know the answer will be that it costs more and covers less", he said.

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