Ryan-care (or Trump-care, as some are calling it) results in a likely loss of health coverage for millions of Americans who – unlike the majority of us – buy it individually on the private market.
Ryan told reporters that GOP leaders could now make “some necessary improvements and refinements” to the legislation, reflecting an urgency to buttress support. The report’s findings constitute a blow to the Republican leadership, which has long sought to eliminate the current health care reform pushed by ex-President Barack Obama and replace it with this new plan.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee.
Now, with Republicans in control of the House, Senate and presidency, they are working to create a plan that would be cheaper and provide better health insurance than the ACA did.
Trump reportedly agreed to support the proposals. More than four-fifths of the Freedom Caucus opposes Ryan’s bill, Alyssa Farrah, a spokeswoman for the group, said Friday.
If people have health insurance, they will use more health services – visits to doctors’ offices, more tests, procedures and drugs – and health spending will rise.
“Oh heck, yes”, said one conservative leader, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, when asked if the GOP legislation needed changes to win his support.
The House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has been handled like a state secret, and now we know why. The older, sicker and lower income would face higher costs and/or less coverage. “We ought not be measuring programs by how much money we put into it, we ought to be measuring them by whether or not they work”.
In a new complication, Sen.
So, Trumpcare is now sufficiently cruel to garner 216 Republican votes in the House – or, at least, Paul Ryan thinks that it is. This is why many feel the GOP bill will undergo multiple changes before it ever sees President Trump.
Health care coverage and affordability are critical priorities.
The changes fulfill some requests of more conservative Republicans, but would be optional for states, so as not to alienate moderate members.
“This bill, if passed in its current form, will disproportionately hurt older adults between the ages of 50 and 64 by dramatically increasing insurance premiums to unaffordable rates”. Moderates have been shaken by the estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that 24 million people could lose their health coverage if the bill passes. Some have referred to it as “Obamacare Lite”, while others say it fails to protect the nation’s most vulnerable people.
“And if people just want little changes to the bill they’re going to be able to be bought”. The government’s red ink would be reduced by $337 billion in the same period, but that would come largely by cutting assistance to poorer people while offering a whopping tax cut for families making more than $250,000 a year. Moreover, they represent initial enrollment, and there’s usually significant attrition over the course of a year. Beyond that symbolism, Republican leaders hope to allow time for Congress to complete the measure before an early April recess exposes lawmakers to two weeks of lobbying and town hall pressure tactics by activists, doctors, hospitals and other opponents.
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