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McConnell Backup Plan To Repeal Affordable Care Act Falters

19 Julio 2017, 12:19 | Azura Castelo

President Trump railing against the Affordable Care Act on June 22

President Trump railing against the Affordable Care Act on June 22

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the Republicans will not be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen.

Cruz's amendment would allow insurers to offer bare bones-style plans with fewer benefits, as long as those insurers also offer more robust plans required under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Some 11 million Americans in 31 states have benefited from expanded Medicaid.

The Better Care Act with Cruz's amendment would allow insurers to cherry pick healthy consumers, making coverage unaffordable for the millions who want or need comprehensive coverage, the insurance groups said. "This plan that they just put out doesn't do any of that". "These are people that used to get their treatment in emergency rooms, if they got any treatment at all".

The ACA's Medicaid expansion needs to revert to the standard Medicaid cost shares that the states receive for all other Medicaid enrollees.

Yes, the Senate bill isn't flawless, but it's the best chance, and perhaps only one, we'll get to undo the damage that Obamacare has caused and make a fresh start.

The criticism of Cruz's provision was lodged in a rare joint statement by America's Health Care Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

"What we have is broken", he said. It's unclear how much money schools would stand to lose from the cuts, and the amount may vary wildly from state to state.

Moran's problem with the BCRA is that it's not a true repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and that it doesn't do enough to lower healthcare costs.

"The number of Arizonans with health care is up, uncompensated care is down by 60 percent at hospitals statewide and billions of federal dollars, which are Arizona tax dollars, are flowing into our economy", Carter said. "We are deeply concerned that this shortsighted bill will compel states to prioritize annual budget pressures over patients, limiting long-term care options for seniors and individuals with disabilities". It would also phase out the expansion of Medicaid, which covers millions of workers employed by small firms.

One more GOP defection from the legislation, which already has two Senate Republican opponents, would kill it even before the Senate could advance it procedurally, in a vote slated for this coming week. It's not their primary business or expertise - and many have other, industry-specific issues pending before lawmakers or the White House that are bigger priorities, so they do not want to use up their political capital by taking a side.

Additional Republican senators have expressed concerns with the bill as well, and no Democrats support it.

"They usually find ways to minimize enrollment" such as jacking up premiums or cutting broker commissions for certain coverage, she said.

"Our state right now is looking to cut programs and cut our general fund, not add to it", Davidson said, "and so I think for anybody to make the assumption that, well, the state will just take on more of that responsibility is not very realistic". "They're living healthier and happier lives as a result of their receiving coverage". Otherwise they risk a coverage gap if they become gravely ill or hurt, raising the chance they would have to pay thousands out-of-pocket for any unexpected medical expense. "It's about people. This is about people".

The Senate plan is not a health care bill.

"On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable", said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also are expected to address the gathering on Friday.



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