The most objective observers acknowledge there were flaws in the roll-out, fewer have signed up than anticipated, in some states the choice of physicians has been narrowed, and-most importantly-an insufficient number of otherwise healthy individuals (mostly younger) have chosen not to sign up which can starve the program of the revenues it requires in order to fully flourish. “Any plans with lower cost than that and you get into lower quality of health care”. Both are steps toward assuring access to quality health care for vulnerable populations.
Pyle, who believes ACA was a lifesaver for her and her family after she was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders, has a different take. “He made the comments during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee and said the attendees were “mostly no’s, yesterday” and now they’re all yes’s”. “That’s fundamentally inaccurate for me, given my situation”.
This week, CNN’s Jake Tapper covers some of the reasons to doubt Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s claim that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP health care plan. But much has changed.
“Wait one year and then even the Democrats will come say, please, please, you got to help us”.
Cox said she’s seen the Republicans’ proposed health plan tax credits and knows they’re not enough.
On the practical side, that would increase the already-appalling burnout rate in the medical professions (according to the American Medical Association, 54 percent of physicians describe themselves as burned out) and would exacerbate the doctor shortage.
In an attempt to steer the controversial bill through the House, Republican leadership has noted the progress the bill has made in committees.
The CBO score released Monday estimates the AHCA would reduce the federal deficit by approximately $337 billion over the next 10 years.
Rep. Leonard Lance, Republican of New Jersey, supported the bill in Energy and Commerce Committee, but said he would vote against the bill on the floor, citing a score from the Congressional Budget Office that found it could cost 14 million their insurance next year.
Trump said after the Friday meeting that “every single person sitting in this room is now a yes” after talking about certain changes, citing the block grant option specifically. The proposed law also includes additional “safety net” funding to help these states care for the uninsured. Walker said he now supported the bill.
Reed said he believes the bill isn’t flawless but “is definitely a step in the right direction for health care reform”. Fitch also notes the AHCA would keep the ACA provisions relating to pre-existing conditions and allowing adults up to age 26 to maintain coverage through their parents’ health plans.
She said she also is anxious about the fate of rural hospitals, where Medicaid is a big deal. For children, this health bill is not a budget exercise.
With all these faults, and so much opposition, why can’t we simply improve the Affordable Care Act?
Schuab says six million people in NY depend on Medicaid, including seniors, children and adults with disabilities, as well as working adults who don’t make enough to pay for health care, and whose employers do not provide coverage.