AFGE: Withdrawal of AHCA a 'Win for Working Families'

March 30, 2017, 8:00 am

"That's not going to happen with us".

No. The marketplaces are not expected to dissolve next year, even though choices have dwindled. The people cutting America's health care under the banner of reform have never had to worry about care for themselves or their families.

But 2018 is another story. This Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 photo shows the website, where people can buy health insurance, displayed on a laptop computer screen in Washington. He said there would have been a "drastic improvement" in healthcare.

"That is one of the ways that is available to monkey wrench the Affordable Care Act", said Morgan Tilleman, an associate with the law firm Foley & Lardner, who represents insurers.

"This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk", said AARP executive vice president Nancy LeaMond, referring to an American Health Care Act provision that would have enabled insurers to raise rates on consumers in their 50s and 60s far higher than they can now. The government estimated it to have risen 4.8 percent in 2016 and that it will increase at an average rate of 5.6 percent through 2025. The Ryan bill does include late changes, however, to appease conservatives, namely to repeal the federal mandate on essential health benefits, and instead let states decide what health benefits are required.

So, in short, fewer insured poor people means fewer people who can afford basic health services.

And that is where the market's slow burn takes off, with insurers leaving and premiums rising. "The main thing I am anxious about is this bill will cause millions of people to lose insurance coverage", he said.

"The Affordable Care Act provided some large pools of funding that went to community health centers and those were really important and remain important and community health centers often rely on patient funding to survive", said Mollye Demonsthenidy, a health policy expert in Tulane University's Department of Global Health Management and Policy.

The Trump administration could do some of that itself if it wants to, such as using its regulatory authority to adjust the formula for how it compensates insurers for the sickest people, Elizabeth Carpenter at healthcare consultancy and research firm Avalere Health said.

Jerry Brown, California's Democratic governor, was fiery when he spoke in Washington, D.C., earlier in the week, calling the Republican measure "a unsafe bill".

"Whenever they're ready, we're ready", Trump said. The nonpartisan office also said the plan would have reduced the federal budget deficit by $150 billion over a decade. CEOs, billionaires and politicians get the best care because cost isn't a factor for them.

Two days before the GOP legislation was set for an initial vote in Congress - delayed due to last-minute wrangling and efforts to gain support - she described the bill as a disgrace, a pro-life disaster, a huge step back, catastrophic for Catholic social teaching and something that would do incredible damage.

It's unclear what the Republicans will do. "By every measure, the Republican bill made things worse - by increasing the number of uninsured, forcing about everybody else to pay more for less, while giving a huge tax cut to the wealthy".

Obamacare worked it's way through Congress from February 24, 2009 until it's signing on March 21, 2010. It's not their health law.

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