Two legislative committees began reviewing the bill Wednesday, and the Congressional Budget Office has yet to weigh in on its potential costs, so the plan that comes up for a vote may be different from the one presented this week.
If Donald Trump and the Republicans have their way, the poor will find it hard to obtain proper health care. Several Republican senators are pushing back on their party's health care bill, enough to put the bill's future in serious doubt.
Leaders of the House of Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce talked about the draft law on their opening statements in Congress. This accounts for almost three-fifths of the improvement in health-insurance coverage since 2010.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), one of the most outspoken critics of the bill, told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that the proposal is "in all likelihood unconstitutional". And that has advocacy groups concerned. "But the Senate rules don't allow us to do that".
"If our state has a recession, or if costs were to rise because of expensive new medicines on the market, or a public health crisis happened - now, a state would get more money", said Anita Monoian, CEO of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, the lead agency in Yakima and Kittitas counties for helping people sign up for Obamacare. He argued Republicans either have to pass this specific bill or take responsibility for the negative effects of Obamacare. "I'm trying to change it, but ultimately the Affordable Care Act has problems that have to be fixed, so my intention is to keep working on the fixes". The rich will receive subsidies that will help them buy insurance and they would also face less taxes. This is a point that the Democrats have heavily criticized, ever since the Affordable Care Act was being written in 2009.
The AHCA, also known as "TrumpCare" in Washington, goes even further by including a tax break for insurance companies that pay their CEOs more than $500,000 a year.
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The GOP replacement bill would repeal the $500,000 limit, generally making the cap $1 million, the same amount that applies to other types of businesses.
More generally, the proposed Republican health care plan is bad for IL in the same way that it is bad for the whole country, making insurance coverage less accessible or affordable for those who are likely to need it the most - older Americans.
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"The country had their say".
"This legislation ends Medicaid as we know it", a statement from disability advocacy group The Arc said. "The American people spoke". "If the House thinks they can make it a little better, if the Senate thinks they can make it a little better, we're open to talking about those types of things".
The Republican plan replaces income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits, targets the Medicaid expansion, defunds Planned Parenthood and eliminates insurance mandates in favor of a 30 percent penalty imposed by insurance companies for people who let their coverage lapse.