Health care actions create more questions

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15 May, 2017

Younger, healthy people could pay a little less. It nearly certainly won't do that.

She voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) despite opposition from constituents and patient and advocacy groups including the AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Hospital Association and the March of Dimes.

Trump's celebratory tone belies how hard it will be to actually get legislation through the Senate, where Republicans' majority is even thinner and they are plagued by the same ideological division between moderates who want to preserve some features of the Affordable Care Act and conservatives who want to eliminate as much as possible. Also, the increases primarily impact the 3 percent of Americans who buy full-price plans directly from the private market. Those with preexisting conditions who live in "a state that does not seek an optional waiver from the AHCA's (and Obamacare's) "community rating" regulation can not be charged more than other people for a new plan when they seek to purchase one". Addressing the very real medical needs of poor and disabled children while they are in school is not only good business sense, it is the humane thing to do. Their rationale is that serious cuts to the program's funding would force states to make prudent decisions regarding how they choose to spend Medicare funds. Sadly, it's an easy target because enrollees often don't have time to make their voice heard, generally don't vote in big numbers and can't afford to hire lobbyists.

The health repeal bill opens the door to letting insurance companies charge more - possibly much more - to people with pre-existing conditions, including pregnancy, at the same time as it weakens assurances that pregnancy will be covered at all by many insurance policies. Changes at the federal level under the American Health Care Act, recently approved by Congress and awaiting hearings in the Senate, may mean changes for the Medicaid program, including requiring the state to shoulder more of the cost.

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The AHCA puts health care out of reach for women by weakening protections for pre-existing conditions. Even so, it's likely Utah could help offset costs for fewer than 40 percent of its estimated 29,000 residents with pre-existing conditions in the exchange.

Stefanik said that the AHCA will lower costs and improve care. "I have faith that the Senate will keep their eyes on what matters most for residents of IL, including improving access to affordable coverage and high-quality care regardless of health status, income or age".

"If we do nothing, premiums will go far, far, far higher than they would otherwise go up". For example, Utah's pre-ACA combined pool had a $5,000 deductible and a $1.5 million lifetime limit. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that 1.8 million jobs would be lost over a six year period if the Republican plan is adopted-81, 000 in Ohio, with about 9000 of those in the Southern Ohio districts of Representatives Wenstrup and Stivers.

All of this is done in the GOP bill in the name of reducing coverage costs by lessening employers' claims exposure. "Who is going to take care of you when you're old?" she said to Perry. They consider medical conditions, not how they got injured or sick. It's why we're calling on Sen.


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