On Fox News, Trump reiterated his administration’s three-phase plan to overhaul the health-care system.
We’re going to have insurance for everybody. Total repeal of Obamacare doesn’t get you there. “Thousands of Americans will die if this legislation is passed and we have to do everything that we can to see that is defeated”. – To The Washington Post, Jan. 15. Republican leaders have repeatedly said that was their schedule, but opposition mushroomed after a congressional report concluded this week that the measure would strip 24 million people of coverage in a decade. As well, the requirement to obtain insurance would be gone.
Medicaid is the nation’s largest funder of long-term care – in 2014, combined federal and state spending was about $152 billion, dwarfing the $9 billion paid out by private long-term insurance underwriters, according to AARP research. “The White House issued an executive order and took other actions that strongly implied it would no longer enforce the “individual mandate” requiring people to sign up for coverage”. It will be in a much simplified form.
More say the AHCA will increase deductibles (41%) than lower deductibles (25%).
Tenney said she will push for changes in the GOP bill that would require states to pick up the local share of Medicaid costs from counties, now set at 25 percent. While most Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential race hugged the party orthodoxy that called for cuts to and restructuring of social programs, Trump positioned himself as a champion of entitlements.
The official congressional report card on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) was released this week, and it concludes that older, low-income Americans will be its biggest losers – ironically, numerous households that supported the president’s bid for the White House. UnitedHealth Group Inc and Aetna Inc largely left the market this year, while Anthem Inc has stayed in for 2017.
“‘It’s our job to get it out of here and get it to the Senate, ‘” Pence told the Republicans, according to Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla.
CBO: Not in the view of the budget experts.
But just because someone has Medicaid doesn’t mean they’re getting quality health care, some conservatives point out.
“The Freedom Caucus is here to make sure that those forgotten men and women … know that we are here to stand with them, to make sure to take back this country, for the Constitution, for our God, and for our freedom”, said Meadows, chairman of the caucus of conservative House members. You can understand why Republicans, at least for now, are stuck. – NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Sunday. A recent Los Angeles Times analysis found those hardest hit by the GOP plan live in counties that voted for Trump.
So a 21-year-old earning $68,200 in 2026 would pay $1,450 under the House bill, but $5,100 under Obamacare. They can try, however – and more important, stop just about anything else.
Underscoring the push-pull problem GOP leaders face in winning votes, moderates feel the tax credits are too stingy, especially for low earners and older people.
“Working with this administration, I am hopeful we can improve an already strong Medicaid program here in Wisconsin”, Walker said in a statement. – ABC’s “This Week”, Sunday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the projections show “just how empty the president’s promises, that everyone will be covered and costs will go down, have been”.
Forty-eight percent of the public say the plan would cut the number of people being covered, compared to one in five (18 percent) who say it would increase the number of people with insurance.