US Rep. Fitzpatrick: ‘I can not support’ Republican health care plan

“You take a look at the economy, and a lot of the growth is coming from companies with 100 employees or less”, he said. “We’re hearing from (U.S.) senators that this is DOA when it arrives there, and that’s reason for pause over here”. As I’ve traveled across the state, Montanans have told me that reform is necessary. “This doesn’t do it”.

Moreover, these tax credits would go to all individuals without regard to need (except for high-income individuals.) If the goal of these tax credits is to ensure that all Americans have access to health care, wouldn’t it make more sense to channel this assistance to families with greater financial needs?

“We’re looking at all the options that can help states lower the costs for low-income Americans and for the early retirees who usually have higher medical costs”, said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chair of the Ways and Means Committee, when asked about efforts to make the tax credits more generous. “The only way to address this problem is to insure more Americans, and we believe this bill would have the opposite effect”.

A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania said on Sunday he can’t support the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act “in its current form”, making him the party’s first Philadelphia-region Republican to admit publicly that he will not vote for the new legislation.

“Then I got really sick and we lost our home and vehicle, we lost everything”, Howard, 58, said referring to the costly medical bills. Wonder why older Americans would drop out of the market?

Obscured by the smoke and fury surrounding the GOP health care plan is a basic reality: It is not possible to have everything. “Not exchanging one mandate for another”, Duncan wrote. Now is the time to be asking those questions of Congress, she said.

Fitzpatrick, a freshman Republican, announced his decision on the Obamacare repeal bill late Saturday in a Facebook post.

Several Michigan groups, including the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and the AARP, have also expressed opposition to the plan as is.

Democrats and health economists have said the bill would reduce access to opioid treatment through the Medicaid program, through which Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says almost 125,000 Pennsylvanians have accessed addiction treatment services. This legislation will “take care of them” by removing their health care or by allowing premium increases by private insurers of up to 40 percent of an older, lower-income worker’s pay.

According to the CBO review 24 million more Americans would be uninsured than they would be under Obamacare by the year 2026.

If I do not pay that bill, I cannot see my doctors, and I do not get my life-saving medication. The rift was on display last week, when a Senate leader said the legislation might not have the votes it needed in that chamber. We have more people that we’re covering in this state.

“We need to stop in Washington measuring the success of programs by how much money we’re putting into it”, Price said.

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