House Republicans Debut AHCA Amendment

21 Avril, 2017, 20:41 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) holds a copy of the new healthcare bill introduced by Republicans on March 17 as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California looks on. But those states that allow insurers to rate patients individually would not be allowed to charge women more than men or older people more than five times the premium charged younger ones. He said that assuming the outline is translated into legislative text he backs and is added to the health care bill, he would now support the legislation and believes most of Freedom Caucus' three dozen members would also back it.

Nevertheless, the White House thinks it's nearing the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform through the U.S. House.

Trump himself was confident about the chances of Congress passing a health bill Tuesday in Wisconsin, telling WTMJ: "We are going to have a big win soon, because we are going to have health care and that's gonna happen". "There's no deal,"a moderate GOP aide told The Hill".

I'm optimistic that we've at least found some potential common ground.

But amid increased pressure from the White House to move forward with the plan to unravel the 2010 health care law, some conservatives have questions about the changes. These measures contain the main protections for those with pre-existing conditions, as well as more general consumer protections that ensure enrollees get comprehensive benefits and limit their financial liability if they get sick. Some House Republicans oppose how the Obama administration funded them, and they won a court case potentially blocking the funding that is now on appeal.

"We're doing very well on healthcare", he said at a news conference. Democrats have signaled they would not cooperate if it contains money for one of Trump's top priorities, a southwestern border wall meant to combat illegal immigration, or if it ends federal subsidies to help low-income people buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which Republicans want to repeal.

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But one of the major stumbling blocks for the first AHCA vote was that the Congressional Budget Office predicted that 24 million people would lose coverage by 2024 if the bill became law.

States could seek these waivers for essential health benefits and community-rating rules, except for those regarding gender, age, and health status (with the exception of states with high-risk pools).

Without a spending bill next week, the government will shut down on Friday April 28, which would be day 99 of the Trump presidency. All Democrats, some moderates and several members of the Freedom Caucus opposed the bill.

"As what I'd like to call a new federalist, I don't think that states should be having to clamor and jump through whatever hoops the federal government insists upon in order to make the decisions for their citizens", Biggs said, referring to the waiver process.

The list of people who would not like it is long: right-wing activists; Republicans in swing districts; every Democrat; Karen Handel (the GOP candidate in the Georgia 6th Congressional District runoff election), who'd have to take a position on a cruddy bill; doctors; hospitals; and the AARP. Democrats saw Mulvaney's comments as evidence that the White House is meddling to undermine what they described as successful, bipartisan talks.

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