How lawmakers get their health care

Posted May 16, 2017

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by two votes, even though it's opposed by nearly all stakeholder groups.

Some of the differences are stark.

I'll make a similar recommendation to the one a few weeks ago when I said spend store credit if you have it. Jeff Woodburn, D-Whitefield. "Those with the least resources, the least opportunity, are getting hit the hardest". Still, even 21-year-olds would experience higher premiums by 2026.

"The American Health Care Act is not flawless, but it is a step in the right direction to decrease premiums and expand and enhance health care options so Americans can find a plan that's right for them", he said. In effect, it affords the very wealthy (Those with incomes of over $1 million) a savings of $50,000 at the cost of almost 45,000 American lives, annually.

"For seven years, I've fought to repeal all of Obamacare's mandates, middle class taxes, abortion subsidies, insurance company bailouts, and unaffordable, one-size-fits-all health insurance plans", Shimkus said, according to the release.

The federal government now picks up almost all of the cost for the 31 states that expanded Medicaid to cover low-income people who make too much to qualify for the traditional program. In all, 22 states would not need to contribute more than they already do to provide the same level of coverage.

That more accurately reflects the actual higher costs spent for older adults' health care, said Linda Blumberg, an Urban Institute health policy expert. "Working alongside the administration, making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans will continue to be our top priority and this legislation sets us on a course to achieve that". "Our people can not afford these premium increases".

"However, there is significant uncertainty now about what the market environment is going to be in 2018 and beyond, including whether cost-sharing reductions will be fully funded by the federal government". Of those, 43,434 participated through Medicaid expansion. That's just an estimate; the Congressional Budget Office hasn't yet scored the House bill.

A key reason for the different premiums is age curves - the amount of variation in premiums that insurers allow based on a person's age, Kaiser said.

Many "pragmatic" opponents to Medicare-for-all on the left acknowledge single-payer would be better, but they oppose pushing for it because they claim it is politically impossible to get a majority in Congress to vote against the health care industry. The AHCA recommends that states choose a 5-to-1 requirement instead. The radical change to funding rules would threaten coverage for the other 63 million people who are signed up to Medicaid under pre-expansion eligibility rules.

Before moving on to details some possible consequences for Texans, consider a fact that should be at the center of the health care debate: the American economy produces neither jobs nor personal income sufficient for tens of millions of Americans to afford medical care.