Obamacare Replacement Process Meets the Definition of 'Jamming It Through'By Susan Cole Mar 12, 2017
Rep. Mark Meadows, who leads a group of conservative House lawmakers, was home in North Carolina about two weeks ago when he learned details of the emerging Republican health-care plan. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have already said the plan will hurt Americans who rely on insurance plans under the ACA, while ultra-conservative members of Congress are criticizing the plan and calling it "Obamacare Lite".
But he also said that much of the bill's fate was in the Senate's hands and he was "counting on" Senate Republicans to support it without major changes.
Among other things, the Republican plan would replace premium subsidies for people buying policies on insurance exchanges with tax credits based on age, with older people getting the greatest benefits. And tax credits, though they would be larger for older Americans, wouldn't come close to offsetting those higher insurance premiums. However, the new healthcare plan under President Trump would freeze or cap Medicaid payments to the state by 2020 leaving it up to the state to make up any funding not supplied by the federal government. In a press briefing on Wednesday, he said the administration will be looking at Affordable Care Act regulations "and make certain that if they help patients, then we need to continue them". "So maybe", Chaffetz told a CNN interviewer, "rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own health care".
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The bill is a much cleaner cut of Obamacare than the GOP's, which plans to replace as it repeals.
"I don't think the Senate would vote on that bill", Cotton said, adding that many within the GOP hold similar skepticism for a draft that has formulated over so little time. Thankfully, I could buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and thankfully, insurance companies couldn't refuse to cover me because of my pre-existing conditions. "This is the chance and the best and only chance we're gonna get". Further, the Obamacare penalty is per year without insurance, so a healthy person opting out of coverage for five years would pay a lot more in penalty under Obamacare. It's none too popular with the people on the front lines of health care, either - including doctors, nurses and hospitals. The replacement plan put forth by Republicans is under attack from the right and left and will undergo changes before it is signed into law.
Although the bill has been released, Republicans are by no means unified regarding its provisions.
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