The Republican bill, in 2020, ends the expansion of Medicaid, the medical assistance plan for people with low incomes that insured about half of the 20 million Americans who gained coverage after Obamacare was enacted.
In the weeks ahead, the House will consider this plan through an open and transparent process, including legislation to allow people to purchase health care across state lines.
McCarthy also said Republicans will shortly begin a third phase of the plan to replace the law - piggybacking on the partial repeal being considered now, as well as administrative actions. "Republicans have decided that affordable health care should be the privilege of the wealthy, not the right of every family in America". This is a point that the Democrats have heavily criticized, ever since the Affordable Care Act was being written in 2009.
Nonetheless, proponents are pressing on.
On Monday, House Republicans unveiled their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The GOP plan would repeal penalties on Americans who don't have health coverage. However, a representative from Northwell Healthcare said that it was hard to comment on potential changes since they have yet to be finalized or voted into law. "By giving them more options and driving down cost, we're leveling the playing field", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a briefing.
The prospect of seeing millions of Americans become uninsured has generated a growing opposition. Two other hospitals in the 17th District, St. Catherine Medical Center near Ashland and Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, did close.
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"Our hospitals will face an even deeper unfunded obligation in caring for the uninsured", wrote Elizabeth Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the association.
In our previous discussion of the Republican plan, many of you were opposed to it.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has reintroduced an Obamacare repeal bill that passed both houses of Congress in 2015, highlighting conservatives' dissatisfaction with Republican leadership's new bill to replace the health care law.
In addition, the measure would keep current Obamacare provisions, including allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26 and banning insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
"While we agree that there are problems with the ACA that must be addressed, we can not support the AHCA as drafted because of the expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations", it said.
As for how this new health care act was put together, it can be said that we no longer have government of, by and for the people. "There are 630,000 Iowans who depend on Medicaid (as) their health care insurance, and recently 150,000. were added to Medicaid because of Medicaid expansions".