Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

Xavier Becerra speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Penn

Xavier Becerra speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Penn

The AARP, previously known as the American Association of Retired Persons, said it wanted legislation "that ensures robust insurance market protections, controls costs, improves quality and provides affordable coverage to all Americans". It is uncertain how many states would waive community rating under the AHCA. Finally, Congress will take up pieces of legislation that conservatives have advocated for over the years to further bring down costs through proposals such as allowing insurance competition across state lines and health care portability. Under the current form of the American Health Care Act, they can be considered pre-existing conditions. This is without regard to giving the reduced Medicaid to the states to spend. "With the Arkansas and Kentucky approaches producing similar results, our results imply that while coverage expansion is important for patients, the type of coverage obtained is less critical".

"Some people with a gap will ultimately regain coverage through an employer-based plan or Medicaid, and would not be subject to premium surcharges based on their health", the study said.

While Congressman Newhouse did not vote, he did release a statement stating that he supported the bill.

Republicans were able to get some lobbying cover for voting against the health care industry because the AHCA is also a big windfall for top executives in every other industry.

In this May 4, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by GOP House members, cheer for Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., after the House pushed through a health care bill, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

Simpson said he wants to see reforms, such as making health-insurance premiums tax-deductible for individuals.

Dr. Laura Sullivan, who works at the Malden health center, described Obama's 2010 law as "transformative". "So it puts us back into that state of insurance insecurity". And they, barely, if at all, had time to even read the bill since they received it only the night before the vote.

Meanwhile, a group of Democratic senators from states like West Virginia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire hit hard by the opioid epidemic said the proposed Medicaid cuts will make it more difficult for the addicted to get treatment.

"There's nothing to compare it to because we don't have health care in this country", he went on.

The new analysis also identifies a second group of people who could be at risk of higher premiums: those with pre-existing conditions now buying their own insurance.

Zabawa agrees with analysts who believe Trumpcare, another term being passed around for AHCA, will undergo many changes when it reaches the Senate. Protesters, including a health care provider and an organ donor, said Idahoans would lose coverage without the ACA.

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