GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

Another criticism of the AHCA is that 24 million people will "lose" their health insurance under this bill.

There is also an age tax.

He said under Obamacare, many young individuals don't purchase insurance, which has a negative effect on older insurance holders. In addition, a third now expect their ability to get and keep health insurance and the quality of their health care to get worse under the pending bill, compared to about one in five that said so in December.

And while President Donald Trump blames the rise on the ACA itself, declaring it to be "dead", health insurance CEOs are pointing their fingers at Trump for the cost increases - saying the uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will fund the law is leaving insurance companies no choice but to raise rates. Only 8% of those polled said the bill should be passed as is.

More Americans see Medicaid as health insurance, rather than welfare.

So, join me in congratulating the appointment of our own local health care death panel representative; Mr. Dan Newhouse. And some states may choose to waive the cap on senior premiums entirely, leading to even higher health insurance premiums for seniors. And 22 percent of Republicans favored letting insurers charge sick people higher premiums if they have a break in their coverage.

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Now, when asked about the GOP health care bill, 45 percent feared their costs would go up, 34 percent were anxious about their ability to get and keep health insurance, and 34 percent were concerned that quality would suffer. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office estimated 14 million more people would be uninsured under the pulled legislation than under current law.

Stefanik claimed people with pre-existing conditions wouldn't see price increases because the states are required to have protections established. Only if you allow your coverage to lapse for more than two months could you be charged more for ONE year: a 30% surcharge for one year in states that do not apply for a waiver from some of Obamacare's regulations, or one year of health based pricing in states that do receive a waiver. But high-risk pools have a 25-year record of failure.

The CBO found that extra $8 billion, in addition to the almost $130 billion allocated to the state stability fund, still isn't enough for the plan's high-risk pools.

"Millions of those individuals, when they're given the freedom, they're not going to buy these overly inflated health care policies because they can't afford them", Johnson said. But the AHCA cuts $880 billion in Medicaid funding as well as $2.3 billion for New York's Medicaid expansion. That's a problem: in 2017, for example, more than 1,054,000 Minnesotans received health coverage and long-term services through Medicaid. Approximately 120,000 low-income seniors and 176,000 children and adults with disabilities rely on AHCCCS.

These are just a few of the major reasons why the AHCA is opposed by doctors, hospitals and consumer groups, including AARP.

Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also said he's no fan of the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel of the bureau's investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials.