March 22 2018

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

March 22 2018, 03:57 | Rex Rios

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

The House bill, flawed in so many respects, at least made an effort on this front, since its flat subsidy was available to the people now getting hosed by Obamacare prices.

"Currently under the Medicaid expansion program 50 percent of treatment services are covered with DE covering the remaining 50 percent". Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill. And this morning his message was, "We must start over".

Congressional Republicans have vowed since its introduction in 2010 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them", Johnson said. "So, it's very important for rural states, frankly it's important for every state, and we want to make sure we got a Medicaid system that is sustainable and that we've allowed the state a greater voice in the way Medicaid is administered".

The bill also would maintain federal tax credits to help people afford health insurance, and those credits would be based primarily on income. The issues aren't new, nor are numerous ideas we've discussed along the way. South Dakotans deserve better than what they're receiving. His record is not flawless, but he commands unquestioned respect from most of his conference, especially after his decision to hold a Supreme Court seat vacant after Antonin Scalia's death previous year paid off when Trump won the presidency and appointed conservative Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime seat. But the so-called individual mandate is one of the least popular provisions of the law.

"No amount of eleventh hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something", he said.

There are choices and trade-offs made within [the Senate] bill that we should acknowledge.

"What I'd like to do is legalize low-priced insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day". It will cover a lot less, but that may not be a problem to you. When you connect the consumer, the consumer cares about the price.

In 2017, the average deductible for a silver plan is just under $3,600, according to Health Pocket, an insurance shopping site.

"I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there's a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it's to make people's lives better, not worse", he wrote.

The bill also provides $50 billion over four years, starting in 2018, to help stabilize the insurance market. If the Republican proposal does not pass, what could and should be done to strengthen what's already there?

"Health care is a right, not a privilege".

But the only way bipartisanship happens is if partisanship fails.

"I don't think our side wants to play games with this", he said. Democrats, the Times' Neil Irwin notes, "are focused on trying to maximize the number of people who have decent health insurance, and are willing to accept whatever tax increases and arrangements with health insurers and other private interests are needed to make that happen".

Despicable as it is, I'm not the only person who sees potential for eventual progress lurking in short-term disaster.

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