Friday, 24 March, 2017

Obama, Pence head to Capitol as health care overhaul fight begins

Trump to 'Smooth' Obamacare Phase Out by Executive Order Obamacare repeal would cost New York state at least $3.7 billion: governor
Ron Matthews | 09 January, 2017, 09:51

Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, plan to scuttle Obamacare and then begin drafting legislation to revamp the entire United States health care system. Ending the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost employer plans would cost $209 billion over this same period.

President Barack Obama urged fellow Democrats to preserve his legacy-defining healthcare law, as Republicans moved ahead with their long-desired bid to scrap it.

"We can't get health care for free", he told Mr Klein, Ms Kliff and several thousand viewers.

Getting rid of the scheme, which has helped the poorest people in America to access medical treatment since 2010, without offering something else instead "would be a huge disservice to the American people" he added. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote in a Monday op-ed, warning that "if Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare".

Even now they're trying to merge into far bigger behemoths that will be able to extort even better terms from the Republicans.

Almost half the country does not want the law, commonly called Obamacare, to be repealed at all.

Pence and Ryan Make Clear Their Obamacare Plan Is a Two-Step Process
Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan said they will deliver an "orderly" replacement plan that won't cause hardship to millions now insured.

However, they made clear in the time between Trump's November win and their return that a full replacement might take years, considering they had no alternative plan. "They can repeal, but they have nothing to put in its place".

"The question that has to be asked of the Republican Party is are you making things worse for the American people or better?" the Maryland Democrat said".

"In considering opportunities to make coverage more affordable and accessible to all Americans, it is essential that gains in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage be maintained", the AMA said in a letter to congressional leaders. "We're here today to warn the American people that the plan to repeal Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA will make America sick again".

Democrats acknowledge they lack the votes needed to stop repeal legislation being pushed by Republicans, who will control the White House and both chambers of Congress when Trump takes office. The GOP's repeal movement is endangered if more Republicans defect, and other Senate Republicans have voiced concerns over repealing the act before the GOP has settled on a plan to replace it, according to the Journal. That will leave Americans who buy insurance on the individual market without their current best, and often only, option for affordable and useful insurance coverage. They may not be thrilled with Obamacare, but they sure want to see what's going to replace it before it's ripped apart. Rather than fulfill a vendetta-driven political agenda, Republicans leaders should slow down and realize that an Obamacare repeal won't just harm their constituents, but also their political futures.

But Trump can not make good on his promise to lower premiums with one hand while offering more comprehensive coverage with the other.

Democratic leaders rammed Obamacare through Congress without a single Republican vote.

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