Athens politicians react to House passage of health care bill

May 16, 2017

Richard Burr, who past year said “Obamacare is imploding”, will give a nod to whatever repeal Senate Republicans settle on. Trump got spending increases for defense and for border security, and more school choice in the form of the D.C. Scholarship Opportunity Program.

A key tenet underlying the GOP plan is to give states more authority over how to structure their health care markets. President Donald Trump hosted a victory party at the White House for House Republicans on Thursday, and I still think their best strategy is to just pretend that they’ve killed off Obamacare for good, and then go on administering it. If an employer opts for a waiver state, it would be free to impose some or all of these restrictions on its plan to defray costs. The campaign is slated to run in congressional districts in 15 states. His assertion that there would be increases in Medicaid funding may be based in the idea that the per-recipient caps would rise over time, even if the overall federal funding becomes woefully inadequate.

Curbelo and his moderate colleagues have argued their votes were created to move the process along, and the final legislation will alleviate the many concerns over the bill and fix the current health care system.

Money for Medicaid will be doled out to states, either as grants or for each beneficiary. When asked whether she would support the American Health Care Act as it stands today, she demurred. The bill also offered no iron-clad protections for those with pre-existing conditions, the editorial noted, and would allow states to choose whether their insurers can opt out of coverage for pre-existing conditions. First, they want you to believe that throwing all sick people into one high-risk pool will cost those sick people no more than it cost them when those costs were spread out among all Americans under Obamacare.

House members anxious that a “yes” vote would be unpopular in their districts were told by Speaker Paul Ryan that they would get help with TV ads and other re-election support, CNN’s Phil Mattingly reports.

Ryan noted that, under the bill, prices can not be hiked for those with continuous coverage and people with pre-existing conditions can not be denied coverage. Obama urged lawmakers to use “courage” to protect health care for poorer Americans, a rare public comment on public policy since leaving office. But anyone with a pre-existing condition could be charged much higher rates if they had a lapse in their coverage for more than 63 days. And for what? So a few Republicans can score a political win against a man who is no longer even president?

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, however, says she’s not so certain the House plan would protect people from higher costs. Why shouldn’t a patient who is risk-averse pay more for coverage she might never need, while that construction worker be allowed to choose a cheaper insurance plan that might cover only the essentials?

Gov. John Kasich of OH questioned what would happen to the mentally ill, drug addicts and people with chronic illnesses under the changes proposed for Medicaid.

“I’m concerned about how this is going to affect people who find themselves in a very hard position”, Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union“. “Eight billion dollars is not enough to fund… it’s ridiculous”.

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