Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Democrats see a winning issue in opposing GOP health bill

Roland Mccarthy | 10 May, 2017, 02:51

Many of our readers probably saw Jimmy Kimmel's heartfelt plea to keep health care coverage and protections for those with pre-existing conditions when he gave an honest rendition of the birth of his son, who was recently born with a heart defect.

In his Monday column, Krugman marvels at how the Republican Party brazenly lied about the so-called Trumpcare plan that was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrats said it would make insurance unaffordable for those who need it most and leave millions more uninsured.

After voting to overhaul the Affordable Care Act last week, House Republicans could face upset constituents during this week's recess.

Collins said one issue no one is talking about is the actual cost of health care: She said that's a critical point: "And that is, if we're going reduce the cost of health insurance, we have to take steps to reduce the costs of health care".

"I think we want to let them do their work, let them work this out".

The ACA expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people.

Senators are already talking about preventing some of the House bill's Medicaid cuts.

"We're giving states the ability to run their own Medicaid program", Ryan said, arguing that block-granting Medicaid was "hardly draconian".

The AHCA is also poised to defund Planned Parenthood, a major provider of female health services throughout the country, and remove requirements for health care insurers to provide pregnancy, maternity and newborn care. The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance.

On Sunday, establishment Republicans touted the narrowly-passed Trump healthcare reform as an end to the era of Obamacare. Trump and his administration failed in their first attempt in March, but despite its unpopularity with the American people, are right back at it. "But it's going to take senators across the Republican conference being willing to sit down in good faith", he stated. "Obamacare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead".

"The Senate is starting from scratch", Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said during an interview on ABC's "This Week".

"Make no mistake, many people will die as a result of this bill", said Rep. "The Senate will complete the job". "So much discretion is given to the states without any guardrails", she commented.

Associated Press writer Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.

"That's something we would certainly consider", Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The response, in a word, is heartening.

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