Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

How lawmakers get their health care

How lawmakers get their health care

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bill that will increase health care costs for hundreds of thousands of Montanans and put coverage at risk for many across the state.

A majority of US voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released last week, 56 percent, opposed the Republican health care bill, while just more than 1 in 5 voters, 21 percent, supported it.

If the AHCA passes, and if Arizona opts out, McSally can still buy her insurance on a D.C. exchange.

Jones explained he opposed the bill on both substantive and procedural grounds.

Too many people who are insured have premiums that exceed their mortgage payments and deductibles north of $6,500 that have to be met before their insurance even kicks in. The ACA forbids insurers from denying coverage to people based on preexisting conditions.

Third, states can allow carriers to deny coverage or charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

Critics of the House bill say it reduces funding for Medicaid, and makes services like substance abuse treatment optional for states. It would also provide $8 billion through 2023 for people facing higher premiums.

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Gallup's survey also revealed the national pulse concerning overall satisfaction with the way things are going.

After criticizing Democrats for the manner in which the ACA passed, my House Republican colleagues held no hearings on the bill, wrote it in the dead of night, blocked amendments on the House floor and waived critical House rules protecting the rights of the minority in order to jam it through.

That provision will make it harder for veterans - including the many he represents in northeastern North Carolina - to get local care, Jones said. "There is, I think, no chance of that passing in the Senate, so it's a lot of kind of hyperventilating over something that might never happen", Hogan said. In addition, Medicaid would face more than $800 billion in draconian cuts, hurting the elderly, disabled and children.

The nation's largest doctors group warned Senate leaders Monday that millions of people could lose health coverage under the Republican healthcare plan.

Stefanik said that the AHCA will lower costs and improve care. He had a slight majority in the Senate at the time and a substantial majority in the House.

She warned that those insured through their employer may not be immune from the effects of the House bill.

"The AHCA will empower states to offer, and patients to choose from, a broader range of affordable insurance plans that better fit each individual and family's unique needs".

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