Is the new health-care law what anyone really wants?

Posted March 19, 2017

The legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, is now being reworked to give states more flexibility under Medicaid and to help older Americans afford coverage on the individual market. Its paltry tax credits would leave many Iowans paying more for their health insurance, and its repeal of the Medicaid expansion would leave many other Iowans with no insurance at all.

"We're going to take care of people at all levels", Trump said.

President Trump sat down Wednesday for an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, and Carlson asked him to respond to criticisms that the Republican health care plan favors the healthy and hurts most of the voters who supported his election. Doctor Deane Waldman with the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation says there are things he likes in the bill. "Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes".

The statement addresses his concerns for the bill's "current form", crafted the Speaker Paul Ryan, leaving room for Fitzpatrick's support on any future redrafts. The Republican plan overlooks regional cost variations.

Fitzpatrick commended Trump and House leadership for their attempt at fixing the country's "broken" system, and noted that the AHCA is only one of many upcoming proposals that will aim to reform health care.

Bottom line: When most people in MI and nationally say they want to "repeal and replace" the ACA, they do not necessarily want to lose coverage or return to the pre-ACA world. "The AHCA is going to cut Medicaid and Medicare.the two insurances that older adults depend on", added Carney. He said that optional work requirement "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field".

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy says it's time that moderate Republicans and conservatives "sheath their swords" and get behind legislation that will get rid of Obamacare.

Still, the endorsement from Walker could help GOP leaders as they seek to corral votes for the legislation. An analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found 24 million people would lose their health insurance over a decade though the bill would also reduce the deficit. That panel's meeting - usually a prelude to bringing legislation to the House floor - is expected to produce amendments aimed at securing votes.

The GOP Freedom Caucus must come to the reality that Obamacare can't simply be repealed and the free market restored.

"We think what it does is give a lot of handouts to drug companies and insurance companies", she said. Even though I do believe that government makes you buy auto insurance, making it profitable for insurance companies.

The Republicans' proposed replacement plan still faces a battle in the full House and then the Senate, despite efforts by the White House and Republican leaders to satisfy conservative opponents who are pushing for several changes.