Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative

Ivan Schwartz
June 26, 2017

"There is no excuse for any Republican or Democrat to oppose the Senate health care bill outright", Brian O. Walsh, the group's president, said in a statement. But because Medicaid is so much bigger, serving about 69 million Americans, scrutiny of the Senate cuts is even more vital. After it was enacted, an estimated 2.8 million Americans with substance use disorders and 1.3 million with serious mental illness gained health insurance coverage for the first time under Medicaid expansion. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

But like other aspects of the health care bill Republican lawmakers are now pushing, their approach would likely make the problem they raised constantly to bash Obamacare actually worse. It also covers some of the costs of vision and hearing screening for children, along with part of the salaries for nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals. "But the bottom line is that most people will pay more for less care". The American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Association, the National Physicians Alliance, the AARP, Physicians for a National Health Program, the National Medical Association, Universal Health Care Action Network, and many others have all come out against the AHCA and now stand against the Senate bill.

Despite Trump appearing to suggest he had used the word "mean" to describe his own party's healthcare bill, the president appeared more concerned with outlining who coined the description.

Sen. Portman knows this too: In March he wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to say that he would not support a plan that takes away stability from Medicaid expansion populations.

If we throw poor people, people with disabilities, and older adults who need long-term care under the bus, let's have our eyes wide open to what we're doing.

Congressional budget analysts plan to issue their projections as early as Monday on the legislation's effect on the federal deficit and the number of Americans whose insurance coverage it will impact.

The problem our country has is how to help people who are in the lowest economic straits, who have the most health challenges, get access to affordable coverage and, indeed, get well.

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A major tool McConnell has is to offer each member what they want and strike that delicate balance of give-and-take. The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.

Meanwhile, insurers are fretting about the Senate legislation because it would repeal the individual mandate but - unlike the House bill - not provide an incentive for people to retain coverage. For example: the bakers' association could choose to follow the rules for the Alabama insurance market, which mandates coverage of relatively few benefits, for all its bakeries in NY, a state with many mandates.

"This Senate bill needs to get better", Phillips said.

"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get", Trump said.

The U.S. Senate released its version of a healthcare bill Thursday.

Meanwhile, four conservative Republicans announced they found it so unpalatable that they couldn't vote for it either.

Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration, said Republicans "don't have a good answer". The cuts might also unravel a 2015 state reform to boost long-term care reimbursement - a step that improved these facilities' ability to hire and keep staff.

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