AARP Mobilizes Against GOP Health Plan

Mar 20, 2017, 00:36
AARP Mobilizes Against GOP Health Plan

The new bill would need to be able to not only help more people but also take the pressure off other Americans that Obamacare put on them. There's fuel here for both proponents and critics of the bill known as the American Health Care Act.

"We are doing some incredible things".

Ryan told reporters that GOP leaders could now make "some necessary improvements and refinements" to the legislation, reflecting an urgency to buttress support.

But at least a dozen House Republicans did not attend the meeting with Trump and are still critical of the plan.

Not all older Americans would suffer under the GOP legislation, however. The bill is not subject to a filibuster, which should make it easier in the Senate, but it also means they can lose only two Republican senators and get it through the chamber. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said after the caucus meeting.

The governors argued that the states should be given a choice between receiving a per capita cap or a block grant, or maintaining the match rate system, but with expansion enrollees receiving a traditional match rate rather than the more generous enhanced rate offered under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals have warned reducing funding or eligibility for the program could lead to job cuts and cause smaller, rural hospitals to close.

Average premium costs for single policyholders would then go down 10% by 2026 compared to Obamacare.

Those are, again, CBO estimates.

Would the cost of premiums rise or fall under the GOP plan?

Bill Cassidy (R-La.) made clear the CBO findings on the subject weighed on his mind. That's kept private insurance prices about 7 percent lower. It's just unclear who will be declared the victor.

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Ryan did not detail what changes are under consideration.

"They're buying off people one by one with these little changes", said Rep. Raul Labrador.

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) said he anxious about the estimated 300,000 people who signed up for Medicaid after his state expanded the program under Obamacare. And Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state.

Republicans are pulling in different directions as they strive to get traction for a health care overhaul that's in danger of being dragged down by differences within their own party.

"We're a yes. We're excited to be there", said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of conservatives. Ryan said he did not know how many people would be covered but that it was more important to not require people to have coverage. "That is not the mandate that we were elected to fulfill".

Some conservatives also want to see the Medicaid expansion ended after 2017, not 2020 as required in the bill. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday.

Though Pence met repeatedly Wednesday with House Republicans, his impact remained unclear and GOP rebels still abounded. That's breakneck speed for any legislation, not just a bill of this magnitude.

In what seemed like conflicting signals, Price said Friday that President Donald Trump "is very supportive" of the legislation, even though Trump himself has recently called the existing bill "very preliminary". One, as we age, our health insurance costs typically would go up in terms of paying into the pool because we start having maladies that are more expensive to fix.