Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Trump claims ObamaCare was created to 'explode' this year

Trump claims ObamaCare was created to 'explode' this year

WASHINGTON, March 8 A potentially lengthy US legislative fight over replacement of the Obamacare health law gets underway on Wednesday as two House of Representatives committees begin negotiating over changes to a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump. The next crucial moment will come when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office "scores" the plan, showing how much it will cost taxpayers.

"It's all moving too fast in my opinion, and other members have said the same thing", Jones said. Skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and dwindling choices are not what the people were promised seven years ago.

Under the plan, New Yorkers would lose about $400 million in tax credits now tied to their ability to pay for health insurance, according to the state's analysis. It also would reinstate deductions for medical expenses.

The bill repeals numerous ACA related taxes and penalties (mostly starting in 2018), defunds Medicaid expansion after 2019 and offers tax credits ($2,000-4,000 based on age and income) for the individual market.

But Americans have gotten used to the idea that health insurance should operate differently than all other forms of pooled-risk insurance. Medicaid is the federal-state program that covers health care for the poor.

The committee is expected to take up the measure next Wednesday, following the two markups this week by the House Ways and Means Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, which advanced the bill. Jones does not serve on either of those committees. The GOP proposal has cleared two House committees.

"I don't think there's anything in the bill that makes the market more attractive (for insurers)", Molina said. For this reason, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association and the AARP oppose the plan. North Carolina's Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, the head of the Freedom Caucus, is one of the targets. "When these outside groups start trying to coerce or threaten members of Congress to demand they vote a certain way, that takes away from the people". I hope that it can be less partisan than it has been and still is but I know that is asking for a lot.

Democrats were no less harsh in their assessment of the Republican health-care reform plan. To fix Obamacare, Democrats would need to provide more generous subsidies to more people and substantially increase the fine for not buying health insurance to encourage people to buy insurance. As with any comprehensive legislation, many changes are being proposed.

Under the ACA, the value of the credits that any given consumer receives to purchase health insurance is dependent on both that consumer's income and the cost of a silver-level health insurance plan in their state - low-income consumers in high-cost states receive larger credits than their counterparts in low-cost states. It would mean significantly higher premiums and reduced tax credits for middle and low-income earners.

House Republican leaders said they would keep three popular provisions in the PPACA: the prohibition on denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions; the ban on lifetime coverage caps; and the rule allowing young people to remain on their parents' health plans until age 26. It's estimated the Republican plan will raise premiums for older Americans by $3,200, he said.

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