Why Washington should continue billions in health care subsidies

26 June 2017, 12:12 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Why Washington should continue billions in health care subsidies

Why Washington should continue billions in health care subsidies

To add to a growing list of those opposed to the BCRA, several health care organizations, faith leaders and advocacy groups have weighed-in on their opposition to the bill or aspects of it, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of American Medical Colleges, AARP, the American Medical Association and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

This bill "is simply not the answer", he declared, describing some of the 200,000 Nevadans who have gained health coverage through the expansion.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. The bill also rolls back on President Donald Trump's campaign promise that he would not make any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Cathy Infield, an Independence resident with developmental disabilities who spoke with help from an electronic device, relies on in-home care provided through Medicaid and said the cuts could mean she'd need to live in an institution.

And, if the Senate bill strips as many people's insurance as the House bill was projected to ― the CBO still has not yet scored the Senate bill, which was remained a secret up until this week ― it could mean a total of approximately 217,000 additional deaths over the next ten years. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his colleagues are determined to get rid of it. At least five Republican senators have said they can't vote for the latest version in its present form.

Olathe Republicans gathered today for their annual picnic, they say that getting rid of the Affordable Care Act is the only option. "So it's not what I view as American value, certainly not MI values".

But White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday said President Trump is "committed to making sure that no one who now is in the Medicaid program is affected in any way, which is reflected in the Senate bill, and he's pleased with that".

This month, the US Food and Drug Administration said that drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals must remove the opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market.

This is really an interesting question because I actually am a big believer in bipartisanship, in large part because I don't think our country deserves to go through the back-and-forth of changing our health care system every election cycle.

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Both the House and Senate bills would keep subsidies for private insurance, although with considerably less money. The program is run by the states, which split the costs with the federal government roughly evenly.

Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change". Or as one economist described it, they'll face a choice between paying a premium they can't afford or paying a deductible they can't afford. "And that's the way we're going to reform health care in the 21st Century". "And we'll see if we can take care of that".

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said. So it would basically erode the ability of states to pay for their Medicaid programs.

"Elizabethtown Community Hospital is strongly opposed to any provision that results in people losing healthcare coverage".

The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.

But the Senate bill, like the version of the legislation passed by the House in May, also fundamentally transforms the structure of Medicaid spending going forward.

"The Better Care Reconciliation Act will further exacerbate this problem by substantially reducing the tax credits available to assist individuals in purchasing insurance", Zumbrun wrote.

The most controversial aspect of the Senate proposal likely will be the cuts to the Medicaid program, which offers coverage to lower-income Americans.



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