Leaked draft offers glimpse of GOP Obamacare replacement

Nora Stewart 6 makes a point with her sign a quote taken from the musical Hamilton with the hundreds of other community members gathered at Park Square in Pittsfield to rally in support of the Affordable Care Act Medicare Medicaid and Social Securit

A draft of House Republicans' Affordable Care Act replacement leaked to Politico on Friday, the details of which suggest that, if passed, will reduce the number of people with health care coverage in the United States.

More than nine hundred people attended and were seated in shifts at the town hall meeting.

"We told them we were going to repeal it and replace it with a market-centered, patient-centered plan that actually brings back affordable health insurance", he said.

Boehner contends that Republicans are simply too divided on exactly what to do after the repeal of the hated law to fulfill their pledge to ditch the law. She declined to elaborate on whether their coverage is through the ACA marketplace or the Medicaid expansion but said previous coverage for her son, starting when he was diagnosed at 5 years old, cost $500 a month.

While the mandate to have insurance that made Obamacare so unpopular would be gone, there would still be penalties for those who choose to drop their insurance.

Former House Speaker John Boehner threw a wet blanket on the repeal and replace effort, saying that Republicans will likely fix the flaws in the legislation and build a conservative box around it at a conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Florida.

The draft also includes a provision to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.

At the same time, they're telling Washington: Don't scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative.

An all-important wild card are the nation's governors, especially the 33 Republicans, 16 of whom lead states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

The former Speaker added that his party will continue to struggle to agree among themselves on an alternative, and conceded numerous reform law's most popular provisions are now likely irreversible.

Ryan's plan also calls for enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts and providing Americans access to "a portable, monthly tax credit that they can use to buy a health insurance plan".

First, the ACA's generous coverage expansion (for many, not all) through Medicaid expansion and private insurance subsidies would be drastically curtailed, leaving most of the 22 million who got either form of coverage without an affordable option.

Most of us pay handsomely for our health care at work, so the prospect of the uninsured skating over to the emergency room on the taxpayers' dime shouldn't sit well with anyone.

President Donald Trump is forcing congressional Republicans to quickly replace Obamacare with a program that lowers health care costs or face the wrath of angry voters. One-third of all counties now have only one company offering plans, even more insurance companies will quit the exchanges in 2018, and the absence of competition will significantly drive up prices further. His earlier statements about being a different kind of Republican when it comes to health care is a distant memory now: "I am going to take care of everybody".



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