Citing 'too many' left uninsured, Miami Republican opposes GOP health plan

Posted March 17, 2017

Conservative Republicans, especially those in the Tea Party-influenced Freedom Caucus, have trashed the GOP's health bill, calling it "ObamaCare 2.0" and "ObamaCare Lite".

Deal, a Republican, summed up Georgia's perspective on the proposed new health plan in a few words. "Our message to Congress is: We want to be treated fairly". The plan the Republicans have crafted will no doubt cover millions fewer Americans than now have coverage under Obamacare. The proposal also would fundamentally change the Medicaid program, which now covers about 2 million Georgians.

The bill starts to phase out the generous federal funding for states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.

That puts Georgia in the tricky position of deciding whether to expand the program - despite repeated vows from Deal that he won't - or accepting the likely smaller payout.

Deal has said he's still glad that Georgia refused to expand Medicaid because it would be too expensive in the long run, repeating a mantra of his 2014 re-election bid against an opponent who vowed to accept the federal money to grow the program.

The U.S. Senate says it's "dead on arrival".

The replacement part is "very hard to do", Deal said.

He reiterated his longtime opposition to the ACA. It passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote, Deal noted, and he said that showed its flaws.

But following the release of a report from the Congressional Budget Office that predicted premiums would initially rise under the proposal and 14 million people would lose their insurance next year, conservatives say they believe the door is now open for them to unite the conservative and moderate wings of the conference. Currently, around 9.5 percent of Americans younger than 65 are uninsured.

That's right: The president freely admitted that the people who stand to lose the most under the GOP health care bill are his own supporters.

"Anytime you see the deficit going down is a good thing for everybody", he said.

The concession from Ryan comes just a week after the Wisconsin Republican told his fellow Republicans the bill, called the American Health Care Act, was the "closest we'll ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare".

Thune's proposal is created to address complaints from Republican senators who say the House bill doesn't do enough to help older, low-income Americans who are not yet 65, the age to qualify for Medicare. And don't give me any more lies about your "tax credit" scam making health care even more affordable.

Earl Rogers, president of the Georgia Hospital Association, said in a statement that his organization "has significant objections to sweeping reforms to our health care system that would lock the state into arbitrary payment caps, effectively eliminating certain payments for hospital services and reducing resources for caregivers to treat what will surely be an increase in the number of uninsured patients".