Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services, said Monday he disagrees "strenuously" with the congressional budget estimates and called them "just not believable".

In a new complication, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, said the measure lacked the votes to pass in the Senate, where Republicans hold a precarious 52-48 majority.

Less well understood, though, is the impact the law would have on some of the country's most vulnerable individuals: Medicaid recipients with mental illness, addiction problems, and even dementia.

The GOP's American Health Care Act "provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", the governors wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The House bill would repeal major elements of former President Barack Obama's 2010 law. Insurance companies would also be able charge higher premiums and deductibles, which could put health insurance out of reach for people with pre-existing conditions, she says. 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.

Nationally, more than 8 in 10 enrollees were eligible for income-based tax credits to help pay their premiums, and almost 6 in 10 were eligible for additional assistance with out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments, the report said.

Obamacare's high premiums and forcing of healthcare coverage was horrific to Republican members of Congress. On March 7, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced their version of health care reform, the American Health Care Act, calling it an "act of mercy".

Trump's comments came after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of about 170 more conservative lawmakers.

Chairman Diane Black of Tennessee will hear about a half-dozen procedural motions during the hearing Thursday before moving to vote on the legislation, where conservative rank-and-file Republicans will have their shot to steal the national spotlight.

"He gave us a lot of hope", said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the group that met with Pence.

Critics say it would make health insurance more expensive for individuals, especially older adults and those with modest incomes.

Republicans opposed to the ACA replacement bill found more reason for frustration with the release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the legislation earlier this week, which found that it would lead to 24 million more uninsured over 10 years than the Affordable Care Act.

In the Senate, Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Portland Press Herald, "This is not a bill I could support in its current form".

14 million more people would be uninsured in 2018.

But Trump appeared delighted that they were now in support of the bill.

The four governors all run states that expanded Medicaid to people making as much as 138 percent of the federal poverty level. More than 1.1 million state residents gained coverage through the ACA, Wolf noted.

It is signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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