The Health Care Bill Is Sinful

Jon Howard
March 20, 2017

The ACA was created to increase health-care quality, increase all Americans' access to health care, lower the uninsured rate, and reduce the costs of health care.

If that doesn't work, President Trump should invite every Republican and Democrat leader from Congress into the White House and lock the doors.

These enrollees are in their 50s and early 60s. "So when the Republicans say it's collapsing, that it's a total failure, they're lying".

IL could face almost $40 billion in lost federal Medicaid support over 10 years under a health care overhaul proposed last week by congressional Republicans, an health industry spokesman told lawmakers Thursday.

But those cuts would vary dramatically from county to county. It's also immoral, violating the most basic obligation of Christianity, described in the New Testament as caring for "the least of these brothers and sisters".

But in some northern and western counties, that assistance would decrease by more than $7,000.

The elderly population's potential loss of insurance tied to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could be the most devastating effect if the bill was enacted into law in its present form. She also anxious the bill would shift Medicaid costs to states - something critics say a block-grant approach would only make worse.

Perhaps it is time for the GOP leadership to exercise some of the same raw legislative gamesmanship their Democratic predecessors used to ram the Affordable Care Act through in 2010.

The legislation is slated to be marked up in the House Committee on Rules Wednesday, where a number of changes to the bill's text are expected.

A second concern is the proposed elimination of several health programs including numerous health education and preventative health efforts we now have. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. The House plan also includes tax deductions, rather than tax credits. As health policy guru Avik Roy has objected, the subsidies the AHCA offers to those making between $75,000 and $150,000 are actually more generous than Obamacare's subsidies.

They tried more than 50 times to repeal it, all for naught.

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So the block grants really would dump the issue squarely on the states - where it would be a budget-buster for them and a disaster for low-income residents who may be cut out of the system.

"When I saw their plan". I have spent my entire career in the health care field - first, as a nurse, working in hospitals, then as the founder and director of a home health and hospice organization, last as a professor of health policy and administration, teaching and conducting research at Pennsylvania State University.

"Without the means to pay for (plans), they won't be able to get covered", said Kind.

For example, there are 10 essential benefits, including maternity care, mental health care, chemical dependency rehab, and vision and dental care for children under 18-which all insurance must provide, regardless of the needs or desires of the health plan customer. But HFC Chairman Mark Meadows said he wasn't swayed by the two changes, reiterating that he would like to see a more conservative bill.

While other Republicans from the area have said they have concerns about the plans to dismantle the current health care system, no one has definitely said they would vote against the bill.

His position deals a blow to GOP leaders' hopes of passing their repeal of "Obamacare" through the House of Representatives as soon as Thursday.

Go for broke, some say. And, in fact, it could be argued that removing the hated "individual mandate" while leaving the Obamacare mandates on health insurance in place will make things even worse.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago, who chairs the appropriations committee for human services, said one in four IL citizens receives Medicaid benefits and could be affected.

It was already clear from the GOP bill that poorer, older and more rural people would receive less help buying insurance, while wealthier, younger people would receive more. The state is spending $11 billion on Medicaid this budget year.

Under the GOP plan, those subsidies would be replaced by tax credits. In a report this week that prompted many GOP lawmakers to emerge as opponents, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would leave 24 million people uninsured in a decade, including 14 million next year, and boost out-of-pocket costs for many.

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