GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Posted May 27, 2017

In Kentucky, nearly half a million people gained health insurance via the law - a lot of them through the state's expansion of Medicaid to people making around $15,000.

Senate Republicans have been holding private meetings to narrow differences and produce their own health care package. "I am calling on the (Trump) administration to stop undermining and destabilizing the insurance marketplace and work together with us to make health care more affordable".

The new estimates could give talking points to House Republicans, or to Democrats, who voted unanimously against that bill.

The topline number of the Congressional Budget Office's score of the GOP's American Health Care Act is just brutal: 23 million more Americans would lose health coverage by 2026 under the GOP plan, compared to if America just kept ObamaCare.

"We don't think people should be forced to buy it", he said.

Cornyn told reporters that he thought the Senate would hold a vote on its version of health care overhaul "sometime before the August recess".

Faced with the new independent analysis, some Republicans admitted that they'd like to see some tweaks to their ideas as the Obamacare repeal effort proceeds in the Senate. "Senator Young has been working with both Republicans and Democrats to find a suitable replacement for Obamacare, which has failed Hoosiers and will soon collapse under its own weight", Young's IN communications director, Jay Kenworthy, said IN a statement.

Ryan pointed to the good news about the American Health Care Act in the nonpartisan agency's report, which estimated that premiums would decrease for healthy people and that the federal budget deficit would decline if the bill were to become law.

Senate Republicans have started writing their Obamacare repeal bill - even though few decisions have been made about how to resolve the biggest policy disagreements, the media reported. The move comes despite the Congressional Budget Office warning on Wednesday that those provisions could lead to skyrocketing health costs for people who are ill or pregnant.

The report issued Tuesday estimates that in 2018 under the proposed bill, the number of people without health insurance coverage would rise to 14 million, and the number of uninsured would continue to increase in subsequent years.

The CBO score also says this version of the bill will cut $119 billion from the deficit in the next decade. And states could elect to charge more for pre-existing conditions.

"I do not agree with CBO's analysis as to losses of insurance coverage and specifically do not agree with their belief that some states will seek the waiver option permitted under the legislation". Other states would take one or the other waiver and still others may not change health care requirements at all.

Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn't come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor.

"I'm actually comforted by the CBO report because it shows, yeah, we're going to lower premiums", Ryan said.

"In particular, out-of-pocket spending on maternity care and mental health and substance abuse services could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the nongroup enrollees who would use those services", the report says of people living in those states.

Average premiums would be lower than under current law because a younger and healthier population would be purchasing the insurance and because large changes to the EHB requirements would cause plans to cover a smaller percentage of expected health-care costs.

"Insurers can charge whatever they want and they tend to charge more for people who are older, who have pre-existing conditions, who have disabilities", said Rep.