Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

By the numbers: Why millions go uninsured under GOP plan

By the numbers: Why millions go uninsured under GOP plan

Republican leaders plan a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare, optimistic that President Donald Trump can help them close the deal, multiple House Republican sources tell CNN.

The American Health Care Act has been a controversial bill introduced to replace Obamacare, with many Republicans not caring for it, but now President Trump may be trying to bend a bit to satisfy.

The Republican proposal to overhaul health care in the U.S. could cause as many as 24 million people to lose their coverage over the next nine years, the Congressional Budget Office said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), wasn't anxious about Medicaid ― perhaps because Texas hasn't expanded the program.

Rep. Tom McClintock of California, a former Freedom Caucus member, said he was "looking at it" when asked last week whether he supports the bill.

Rep. Leonard Lance, New Jersey Republican, said he can not vote for a plan that won't make it through the Senate, where Republicans are mulling ways to soften the edges of the plan. Meadows did not attend the White House meeting. He said the change "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field". The CBO said a total of 24 million more people would be uninsured in 2024 under that scenario. They also say a tax credit to help people pay medical costs is too generous, and they want to terminate all of Obama's insurance requirements, including mandatory coverage of specified services like drug counseling.

However, he noted that the bill will have to change before it passes the House and goes on to a Senate vote.

NPR and its member stations has been tracking where members of Congress stand on the health care bill, and several of those in the meeting had already indicated they would vote for it.

Conservatives were unhappy the measure doesn't erase enough of Obama's law while at the other end of the party's spectrum, moderates were upset the bill would strip millions of health coverage. The first bucket is a fast-track budget bill that needs only a simple majority to pass the Senate. This bill has been criticized for providing tax cuts to the rich and because it would leave millions once more without insurance, detractors say.

"In 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law", the Congressional Budget Office said in its highly-anticipated report about the budget impacts of the new bill, known as the American Health Care Act. So when the American Health Care Act fails, President Trump might follow the same script and co-opt one of the Democratic Party's best ideas - the public option. Republicans hold a narrow margin in the Senate and can afford to lose only two votes - and Heller joins other Republicans there who have expressed serious concerns, including Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, and Maine's Susan Collins. Some Republicans, along with conservative groups such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation's lobbying arm, oppose the measure.

In another warning signal, four GOP governors wrote congressional leaders Thursday saying the bill's approach to Medicaid would not work for states.

The official national figure of 12.2 million does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan, which is used by two states, NY and Minnesota.

Like this: