Republicans pitch healthcare plan ahead of key vote

Angie Massey
March 20, 2017

If this legislation passes, insurance companies could charge older Americans five times or more what other people have to pay. "They're the folks who are waiting tables or driving ride-share or doing whatever else they have to to make a living".

AARP recognizes the need to improve the health care system, but overcharging older Americans is the wrong approach.

Republicans are moving forward with their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, making several concessions to conservatives that appear to have put the American Health Care Act on track for passage late next week.

The proposal does have good news for younger and wealthier Americans, though. This will affect the non-rich, as will a change by which tax credits will be based more on age and less on the current income sliding scale.

More moderate Republicans also have issues with the bill. The bill would weaken Medicare by causing Medicare's trust fund to dry up four years earlier than forecast.

Approximately 85 percent of Affordable Care Act enrollments, or 9.4 million people, received subsidies as of March 2016, with the average credit coming to about $291 per month, or close to $3,500 annually, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Over the weekend, Meadows met with President Donald Trump to discuss conservative members' qualms with the bill.

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Under the AHCA, $880 billion would be cut from Medicaid, while at the same time a $600 billion tax cut would go to Americans with the highest incomes.

Democrats say the Republican plan could throw millions off health insurance and hurt the elderly, poor and working families while giving tax cuts to the rich. "This will have a devastating impact for many Pennsylvanians". In fact, up to $8,400 more per year for the same coverage you have now.

Potential changes to the GOP health care bill may include a work requisite for Medicaid recipients.

Chris MacLellan, a 60-year-old Lake Worth resident who left a corporate job to launch his own consulting business in his late 50s, counts himself among the vulnerable. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she could not support the measure. Where is all the money going to come from?

His organization conducted an analysis of pediatric health care coverage and turned up several startling figures: Of the 4.5 million children in NY, 54 percent are covered by Medicaid or CHIP.

The upending they see comes in the form of the American Health Care Act, legislation aimed at plowing Obamacare back into the earth and replanting the soil with an alternative. "There is a lot of misleading and untruthful claims being spread by individuals and groups looking to preserve Obamacare at any cost", Zeldin said.

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