Remember veterans in health care reformBy Norman Carr Mar 07, 2017
House Republicans made available a rough outline of the legislation Monday afternoon, and more detailed versions could be released as soon as Monday night.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the bill "marks an important step toward restoring healthcare choices and affordability back to the American people".
"We believe Medicaid needs to be reformed, but reform should not come at the cost of disruption in access to health care for our country's most vulnerable and sickest individuals", the senators wrote. It would freeze expanded enrollment under the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as of January 1, 2020, but allow those who have gained coverage under the expansion until then to stay on the program. It said, President Donald Trump looked forward to working with Congress to repeal and replace the law.
States would get federal funds to help high-risk individuals afford insurance, increase coverage options and provide preventative care through their own marketplaces, but would have to put in some of their own money beginning in 2020.
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It would not repeal the popular provision barring insurance companies from denying covering to people with pre-existing health problems. She defended her state's expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act - an especially divisive component of the health law among Republicans. Medicaid is a social healthcare program for families and individuals with limited resources in the US. Republicans were scrambling through the weekend to make last-minute changes to the bill and comes after multiple debates over the approach the GOP should take in repealing Obamacare bogged down the effort.
Interestingly, one of the new additions to the Republican led bill will eliminate income-based subsidies for those purchasing insurance through Obamacare. "With 52 Republicans, [Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell would not have enough votes to pass repeal without the support of at least two of those senators". Three conservative Republicans in the Senate - Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas - had already expressed reservations about the House's approach. "They said whatever they replace Obamacare with, it was going to be better", said Wilma Chan of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Meaving the GOP potentially two votes short of passing the bill.
Opponents of the new plan say it will leave millions uninsured, but just how many and how much the transition will cost remains unknown.
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