Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Most young people say gov't should pay for health care

Most young people say gov't should pay for health care

That proposal, the American Health Care Act, did not even come up for a vote, despite intense lobbying by President Trump, as a group of conservatives and some moderates in the Republican Party failed to get behind the legislation crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

"While we haven't picked up any votes yet, this concept is already showing signs of losing a ton of them", a senior Republican source said.

A straight repeal of those two items remains an nearly impossible sell to the broader conference (the moderate Tuesday Group was fleeing in large numbers when EHBs was put on the table two weeks ago), so they're trying to figure out a way to massage it in a way to appease both poles of the conference. The current discussions underway haven't healed any of those divisions. They argue states could insure sick people through subsidized high risk pools, but these systems had a weak track record before Obamacare and the House bill provides only temporary funding for states to implement them. Insurance companies are tweaking policies in an effort to get those people to enroll. Previously, they would, depending on your medical history, and other factors.

When I first ran for Congress in 2010, I promised my constituents that I would help lead the fight against Obamacare. At the same time, so many insurance companies stopped offering policies, leaving most counties with only one provider.

"If there is guaranteed access to insurance without community rating, protections for people with pre-existing conditions are illusory", tweeted Larry Levitt, a healthcare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. In his first congressional address, President Trump articulated five principles for health care reform. What this means is that those who use the most services are the same group of people likely to need even more care.

It is possible, of course, that few states will seek a community rating waiver, in which case its existence would prove to be largely symbolic: Republicans could claim a victory for states' rights, while also deflecting conservative donor-class ire away from Congress and toward those very states. A world in which people like me either won't be able to buy insurance at all, or it will be so prohibitively expense that we'll have to choose between going broke and going without.

But, at the same time, Ryan told reporters on Tuesday, April 4, that no one should expect repeal and replace legislation to be completed by Friday. Or they can exclude your pre-existing condition all together - so that you're covered for broken arms, but not your cancer or asthma or high cholesterol.

Conversations on a pathway forward have continued to pick up over the last week, and they have focused nearly entirely on picking up members of the House Freedom Caucus - the chamber's most conservative wing of the GOP. I don't know any family in America that hasn't been touched by a relative with a serious condition.

"I'll look at whatever they come out with", Amodei said.

If this overly complicated and business-debilitating health care program is not reformed or repealed and replaced with something better by midterm elections, expect the Republicans to lose the Senate majority and gridlock like we have never seen before will ensue!

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