Fewer insured under GOP bill

Mark Meadows

Bread for the World is alarmed that 23 million people, including 14 million on Medicaid, would lose health insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4.

Portman represents one of the 52 GOP Senators who will have to modify and vote to pass the American Health Care Act - a tall order given the bill's contentious nature.

In a late compromise, House GOP conservatives and moderates struck a deal that would let states get federal waivers to permit insurers to charge higher premiums to some people in poor health, and to ignore the standard set of benefits required by Obama's statute. Americans who now rely on services that include maternity care, mental health and substance abuse benefits, rehabilitative and habilitative services and pediatric dental benefits will either have to pay thousands of dollars for them or give them up.

Durbin talked about the report on "The Big John and Ray Show" on WLS.

In April, Trump claimed that his health care plan will "will have much lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!" "People living in states modifying [essential health benefits] who used services or benefits no longer included in the EHBs would experience substantial increases in out-of-pocket spending on health care or would choose to forgo the services", the CBO concluded.

Approximately 23 million people would lose their insurance.

The current health care law requires some changes, but not the kind of changes offered in this new Republican bill.

"The report makes clear Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system", Schumer said.

Height analyst Stefanie Miller believes the CBO's scoring will not hinder Republican efforts to move the bill through to the President's desk.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. "Over time, it would become more hard for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly".

"The more you can separate people out into another pool or out of the market, the more you can lower premiums", said Claxton. That means Ryan is correct that premiums will eventually go down on average-albeit slightly-for people buying their own healthcare on the marketplace, according to the CBO.

Even though the new tax credits, which would take effect in 2020, would be structured differently from the current subsidies and would generally be less generous for those receiving subsidies under the PPACA, other changes--including money available through the Patient and State Stability Fund--would, in the agencies' view, lower average premiums enough to attract a sufficient number of relatively healthy people to stabilize the market.

But two small-business groups, the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority, said the bill could hurt their members, many of whom rely on the individual insurance market for their coverage.

Carrying signs and chanting in opposition to the AHCA, Representatives from Planned Parenthood Advocates of OH, the Human Rights Campaign, the Universal Health Care Action Network and about two dozen speakers and protesters gathered outside the Scripps Building on Walnut downtown where Portman has an office.

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