The single most politically litigated topic in the United States in a generation has been Obamacare. The measure resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans. The Senate plans are set up like bronze plans under Obamacare. Rising premiums and skyrocketing deductible.
Now, with Congress poised to roll back expansion funding altogether, Ohio's freeze push is a timely reminder that states are anxious to rein in the failing ObamaCare expansion and they have innovative ideas to get it done. Obama's law made many preventive services free of charge to the patient. Fortunately, buried in the House bill was a way out of the morass.
These dismal results, accompanied by nearly $2 trillion in new federal spending and $1 trillion in new taxes, are set to continue and grow worse unless Congress takes action. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill. However, the individual market, with just over 400,000 participants in Pennsylvania, is in dire need of relief.
The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers. The Kasich administration promised enrollment in the program would never exceed 447,000 non-disabled, working-age adults.
President Trump tweeted that he is "very supportive of the Senate health care bill, and looks forward to making it really special". The state has added 200,000 more people to its program under the Obama overhaul. Then, over a four year phase-in period, states wishing to cover this new category of recipients will be required to pay their fair share-only 48 percent in Pennsylvania-for the Medicaid expansion. Each state has expanded Medicaid and has a GOP senator.
We were also mindful of the benefits of Medicare and left the program untouched to protect Utah seniors. It is now a major driver of our federal deficits and debt. Our bill will begin, eight years from now, to transition from this uncontrolled, unsustainable spending growth to a slightly slower, hopefully manageable, rate of growth.
Critics of the Affordable Care Act have argued that while it has improved access to health insurance, it has not improved access to health care. There will be praise, criticism, debate, and suggestions on how to improve this bill. Additionally, this legislation will be subject to unlimited amendments. "The only people who are better off under their bill are millionaires and health insurance companies".
I should also mention, however, there might be a catch. This legislation is an important step toward those goals, saving countless Pennsylvanians from the collapse of Obamacare, reducing the federal deficit, and preserving an important safety net for future generations.
Those Republican senators are right, this plan should be dead on arrival.
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