Trump's health care plan can only result in disaster

by Edgar Hayes May 25, 2017, 4:36

The Legislature is controlled by Republicans.

For GOP senators holding private meetings to sketch out their own legislation, the report's figures could serve as a starting point as they consider changing the House's Medicaid cuts, tax credits and other policies. But they'll likely be challenged in court, she said, because neither request meets a basic requirement of waiver experiments and demonstrations: to further the objectives of the Medicaid program, such as improving coverage, health outcomes and access to providers.

Though it's considered unlikely, if the bill lacks sufficient savings, the House might have to revise the bill and vote again, which could be an ordeal for GOP leaders.

From an economic standpoint, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi explained that the new Trump-endorsed bill "represents the biggest shift of money to the wealthiest people in our country, the top 1 percent, at the cost of working families". "Was this the plan all along, to pass the bill with no CBO score while guarding against the possibility that the score would doom the bill? Prices are skyrocketing, choice is plummeting".

Democrats have criticized Republicans for pushing people off coverage.

"We can expect today's CBO analysis will likely show numerous same grave consequences", he said.

The nonpartisan office also says that compared with Obama's 2010 overhaul, average premiums for people buying individual policies would be lower.

Mike Uhl, president of Premier Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, said the AHCA would cost his organization more than $861 million in Medicaid cuts through 2026, which could mean reduced services and lost jobs. The crisis is that the nation pays too much and receives too little in the health care system, and it's literally killing us. People with health emergencies may not be refused treatment at the local emergency room, but without health insurance, many can't afford the regular checkups and screenings that can prevent a health crisis from developing in the first place.

A group of more than 75 national organizations are encouraging Senate legislators to "reject" the American Health Care Act in the interest of protecting the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It said the House bill would cut ax $1.4 billion in federal Medicaid funding for MA by 2022.

As a way to fight for the millions of Americans who would lose health insurance without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra this week announced legal action against the Trump administration to help save the landmark health care bill. If 50 Republican votes are secured, the bill would pass due to a tie break by Vice President Mike Pence, according to the AP.

"With its latest decision to ask for a 90-day delay in the lawsuit over the cost sharing payments, the Trump Administration is injecting uncertainty into the markets at the exact time insurers are setting rates for the upcoming year".

The motion to intervene is supported by the affidavits of the New York State Department of Health, which administers the State's Affordable Care Act Exchanges, and the Department of Financial Services, which regulates state insurance markets. It found the average monthly premium increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017.

Conservatives argue that scaling back these requirements will allow insurers to offer a wider variety of policies and will lower rates, enticing more people to sign up for coverage. Those two "Obamacare" changes made coverage more robust, but also increased the cost.

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