As the American Health Care Act (AHCA) works its way through Congress, it will nearly certainly undergo revisions in order to come up with enough votes to pass in the Senate.
Though the House recently managed to put together a package to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, all but $150 billions of the savings it found were sucked up by the bill's almost $1 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years. The patient protections and essential benefits of the Affordable Care Act should remain in place for all Americans.
Senate leaders said they would not vote on the House plan and will instead draft their own legislation.
"These cuts to Medicaid would also result in a very uncertain future for many of our hospitals and nursing homes".
That provision was authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3rd Dist.), a former insurance executive, and won enough support among formerly recalcitrant Republicans to pass the legislation and send it to the Senate. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the House Republicans' repeal bill.
The House has been working on a bill to repeal and replace the ACA, and throughout the process, I have been adamant that the replacement plan needs to ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health insurance.
Critics of the House bill say it reduces funding for Medicaid, and makes services like substance abuse treatment optional for states. Charlie Dent, R-15th District, voted against the bill, saying it would leave too many people uninsured.
Trumpcare went through fits and starts all year, ultimately ending in a product that was pulled to the extreme right, earning it the endorsement of most of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative bloc of Republicans in Congress. Because there is not a final bill, she is not exactly sure how things will change. Warren is faulting Republicans for blocking Democrats from negotiations on the Senate version of a healthcare overhaul bill.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz admitted that the task is not going to be easy, but emphasized to CNN that "the conversations we are having are productive". On May 4, she voted for a the American Health Care Act, which reinstates the dark ages of health insurance when private companies could deny coverage to people with a host of pre-existing conditions or charge them extremely high rates. Senate conservatives want to change federal funding of Medicaid in part by pegging it to a different inflation measure, which long term would mean less generous payments to the states than under the House GOP bill.
The Republican majority in the House passed the bill without a single Democratic vote earlier this month, just as an earlier Congress passed Obamacare without Republican votes. Under Obamacare, they pay hefty health insurance premiums when they're not making a lot of money and don't need a lot of health care, he said.