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Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

Republican senators: Don't let great be the enemy of good

Republican senators: Don't let great be the enemy of good

Susan Collins, a Republican senator from ME, told ABC on Sunday that Senate Republicans plan to "start from scratch" on the bill, known as the American Health Care Act. Constituents have been asking a lot of questions, and we've been fact-checking the answers given by some leading GOP lawmakers.

The perversity of it all is that the legislation is properly understood as doing more to preserve the Obamacare regulation on pre-existing conditions than to undermine it.

All lies! As I wrote on Sunday, pre-existing conditions are taken care of through a high-risk pool funded to the tune of $130 billion over 10 years.

"No, no, no", Reed told the parent.

Jimmy Kimmel re-entered the debate Monday night, along with a GOP senator who named a test for weighing the merits of health legislation after the ABC late night talk show host.

Some of the key components of the Affordable Care Act have been the individual mandate - which requires most citizens and legal residents to have health insurance and levies a tax penalty for those who don't - and state health-insurance exchanges (including Covered California) for individual and small-business insurance plans. It projected that an earlier version of the legislation would toss 24 million people off health coverage, a damaging blow to the GOP that made it harder for them to pass the bill.

Scalise, like Reed, is pointing to the language in the bill that retains the Obamacare rules that prohibit insurers from charging people with expensive medical conditions more than their neighbors of the same age for an insurance policy. You're not affected if you live in a state that doesn't request the waiver, a category that will certainly include every blue state and most red states, too.

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And the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, (www.centerforhealthjournalism.org) wants to hear about community reactions to the American Health Care Act bill across the country. There simply are not enough young healthy people willing to pay skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket expenses to subsidize the sickest people or those with pre-existing conditions.

Participants said the group's work had a long way to go. I just think that's irresponsible.

The provision expanding Medicaid eligibility has resulted in tens of thousands of Santa Barbara County residents getting health insurance, according to local healthcare officials. In an attempt to drive down premiums, the House's conservative Freedom Caucus insisted that states be able to opt out of the essential health benefits requirements. And the health plan could impose annual or lifetime limits on insurance benefits. "I don't even know if they had any closed meetings".

Griffith described components of the new bill, including repeal of Obamacare taxes and addition of a monthly tax credit for low- and middle-income families who don't receive insurance through their employer or government program.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine released a statement addressed to congressional members in March that pointed out that changes to Medicaid could mean fewer people get help for addiction. Under the proposed AHCA, this expansion would be curbed and Medicaid financing would be changed to a per capita cap rather than a matching program starting in 2020.

In the interview, Gallagher also criticized President Donald Trump for saying to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia, which has a universal health care system, has "better health care than we do".

The bill would also curtail federal support for the overall Medicaid program, giving states either a set amount of money per enrollee or a fixed block grant - shifting the financial burden to the states.

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