November 19 2017

Fact Check: 'We Don't Have Health Care In This Country,' Trump Says

November 19 2017, 01:01 | Rex Rios

Republicans race the clock on healthcare—but the calendar is not helping

Republicans Race The Clock On Health Care — But The Calendar Is Not Helping

The cumulative effect of passage of the AHCA makes it almost impossible for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities, to meet their basic health care service needs. The government pays insurance companies to subsidize the cost of insuring low-income individuals.

But the president wasn't talking about health care per se.

"The loss of funds and financial uncertainty threatened by this case would lead at least to higher health insurance costs for consumers, and more likely to many insurers abandoning the individual health insurance market".

The GOP bill continues the popular aspect of "Obamacare", guaranteeing people with medical conditions can not be turned down for coverage. They favor legislation that will give states more flexibility, especially when it comes to coverage of pre-existing conditions.

States that choose not to opt out of the program would be tied to the community rating regulations, which prevent health insurers from discriminating on health, age or gender in a geographic area. The plan also removes protections for some people with pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act is essential to me and people like me.

Deductibles - the amount people have to pay out of pocket before insurance kicks in - also were higher.

Kaiser Health News reports that high-risk pools in the past have not worked well, and the cost of insurance remained out of reach for many. Those with cancer and other diseases will have no guarantee, as existing conditions will no longer be covered. The ACA passed in 2010, but several provisions, including the Medicaid expansion and marketplaces, did not fully roll out until 2014.

This is only one part of the proposal from the House of Representatives' Republican Trumpcare. An amendment to the bill added another $8 billion. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, during the Obamacare debate as a way of letting states keep federal money while escaping some of the law's mandates, trying to find better ways to ensure their residents get health coverage. Those most deeply impacted by these changes would be low-wealth families, people with disabilities, pregnant women, premature babies, communities of color and the elderly. Funding it would have required an extra $2.5 billion annually, nearly double the state's current budget, and would have required an 11.5 percent payroll tax increase and a 9 percent income tax increase. We need your voices.

If Democrats retake control of the House in 2018, "presumably Trump doesn't want to deal with getting sued every time there's an appropriation disagreement", Jost said. People with cancer, heart disease and diabetes have the greatest need for health care, yet would be put in a position of having no access to affordable coverage.

Health care advocates say the elimination of the so-called "premium tax credits" would make medical coverage for low- and moderate-income individuals more expensive. In the end, these costs will be burdened on those who can afford health insurance, thus raising their costs as they have in the past prior to Obamacare.

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