November 19 2017

Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

November 19 2017, 01:05 | Rex Rios

Here's proof of how Republicans think - some call it magic.

Low-income Americans are not losing coverage and will still receive coverage under Medicaid.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is flanked by Sen.

Thirty-one states, including IL and the District of Columbia, participate in the Medicaid expansion program, which provides billions of federal dollars to pay for health insurance to low-income Americans.

Residents who receive publicly funded coverage through the single-payer plan also would not have network restrictions, deductibles or copays, the release states.

She warned that those insured through their employer may not be immune from the effects of the House bill.

In closing, don't hold your breath waiting for Republicans to explain their new-found confidence in federal funding.

According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), "The Republicans have literally locked the Democrats out of the negotiations over the Senate health care bill". Then, Barack Obama was elected and announced his intention of working with Congress on a program of health care for the poor. A spokesman for Portman declined comment.

Despite the concerns, Toomey said Medicaid spending - $338 billion this fiscal year - is growing at an unsustainable rate.

Currently, the federal government spends its share of Medicaid costs no matter how quickly it grows.

The CBO report on the American Health Care Act is expected to be released Monday. A large number of those with pre-existing conditions now get their insurance through the ACA.

Conservatives like Cruz are also laying down what they say is a key marker for whether a bill can pass the Senate: "Do premiums go up, or do they go down?"

The House bill does not do that, said the AARP, calling it a "deeply flawed" and "harmful bill for older Americans", particularly since it would allow insurers to charge people age 50 to 64 five times the premium prices charged younger customers. It also eliminates both the individual and employer mandate penalties that forced millions of Americans into health care plans that they do not want and can not afford, among many other provisions.

"There's a full-blown death spiral underway", Toomey said.

The Massachusetts Democrat said today that Senate Republicans are trying to get the bill to the floor of the Senate as quickly as possible. State governments could cut services, limit beneficiaries or take on more of the funding responsibility. "The local impact is going to be very hard on the economy and most importantly on the people who live and get care here".

The proposed bill will largely benefit middle to high income people without preexisting medical conditions, some of whom have seen skyrocketing premiums in recent years.

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