Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

How lawmakers get health care


Childless Americans pay taxes for schools so children are educated. Some 20 Republican senators are in states that chose to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The AHCA also repeals several smaller taxes that are used to fund the ACA.

The AHCA has set aside $123 billion for states that choose to establish a risk-sharing program, with an additional $15 billion that can go toward maternity coverage, newborn care, mental health and substance abuse. They just want to quibble over whether 10 million poor people should be tossed out of the program by 2026 or if it would be more humane to toss out 9 million poor people by 2028.

Under the Republican plan, that ratio changes to 5:1. The GOP health care bill, according to published reports, doesn't eliminate that requirement outright, but allows states to let insurers charge people more based on health status, something critics of the bill have said could drive sick people out of the market. They traffic in the bad myth that health care would be available to everyone if they'd just work hard enough.

Casey agreed federal leaders can make health care more affordable and more competitive, but he felt those changes should come as amendments to the current law.

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Women would also pay more on health insurance if they have breast, ovarian or uterine cancers.

The CBO does not actually give a figure for the average premium, which would not be very helpful anyway, because premiums depend so much on age, geographic location and other factors. The new credit is a flat amount between $2,000 and $4,000, depending on the taxpayer's age (older taxpayers are eligible for higher credits). Even the conservative American Medical Association, which spent $19 million lobbying previous year, came out against it.

The AHCA repeals the expanded eligibility limits for Medicaid that the ACA implemented, by gradually rolling back these eligibility limits beginning in 2019.

The plan being pushed by lawmakers such as Mike Lee (R., Utah) is likely to face resistance from centrist GOP senators who are already concerned a health-overhaul bill passed by House Republicans would leave too many people uninsured. No, not really, as The Hill explains in a piece on the two-senator Medicaid working group, composed of Rob Portman of OH and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, that Mitch McConnell set up to reach consensus.

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There is still no Congressional Budget Office scoring of the AHCA as passed by the House.

If you're like most Americans, you're a few years (or more) behind on your retirement savings.

According to Politico, "multiple sources" confirmed "food stamps, welfare, income assistance for the disabled and perhaps even veterans benefits" are all slated for massive cuts.

Those pools failed miserably in the past, and given Texas leaders' history of ignoring the state's health care needs, it's unlikely such a pool will mean much here. "This is something that I believe that every single one of us and everybody in the state in Nevada deserves", Sprinkle told the committee.

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