IN Focus: Rokita votes to advance health care bill in Congress

  • IN Focus: Rokita votes to advance health care bill in Congress

IN Focus: Rokita votes to advance health care bill in Congress

There are a number of reasons for the anticipated drop in coverage, Guss said. His wife, who had an employer-provided plan, had to quit her job to take care of the kids, including a newborn. Yet I am having trouble getting through to my congressional representative by phone and now I find out there are no plans for public hearings on these massive changes. "Because Obamacare mandated people be covered, whether they needed crappy government healthcare or not".

The legislation, now making its way through the House, has been widely criticized.

The measure still passed despite the Republican opposition, 19-17, but this early courage from key Republicans does not bode well for the future of the bill. I am focused on GOP support because it appears that the Democrats - most of whom have always favored a fix-it approach to the Affordable Care Act - have decided that the Republicans are the ones to repeal and replace so they will be content to sit back and watch the show.

He has vowed to do better, promising "insurance for everybody". According to the report, more than one-third of African-Americans now get their health insurance through Medicaid and 1 in 10 of them would lose coverage under the GOP plan.

From there, Trump went on to merely complain that Democrats "hate the Republicans so badly that they can not see straight, so they're always going to vote against us". The full House is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of former President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law.

If this bill gets through, big insurance companies will have free rein to charge older Americans a lot more.

Under Obamacare, some 20 million people gained coverage.

And most of those newly uninsured would come from the ranks of older Americans and from the lower and middle income earners.

The legislation proposed by the House can't address many of those administrative or policy issues, however, because it's a reconciliation bill, which means the legislation has to relate to the budget.

"The current plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut health care for our most vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, and individuals suffering from opioid and heroin addiction", Wolf said in January.

"The current law allows older people to be charged three times that of a younger person", he said.

This results, the CBO estimates, in 25 percent lower premium for a 21 year old, 8 to 10 percent lower for a 40 year old, and 25 percent higher for a 64 year old.

If the plan is approved, he said, older Arkansans can expect to see some eye-popping health insurance premiums. "We're not a Medicaid expansion state, so it wouldn't hurt us as adversely as the states that opted in to Obamacare".

The bill that may reach the president could be very different in specifics, but the primary goal - to reduce government healthcare spending and encourage more personal responsibility in choosing healthcare arrangements - is not likely to change.