One of my top priorities is to pass legislation to replace the broken health care system created by the so-called Affordable Care Act, with one that makes health care affordable and accessible for Coloradans.
Some of the differences are stark. Jeff Woodburn, D-Whitefield. "Those with the least resources, the least opportunity, are getting hit the hardest".
For this fact-check, we wanted to hone in on whether the American Health Care Act allows insurance companies to "charge five times more for people over 50". The Republican Party is the only group in the world that actively works to keep health care out of the access of the poor and ill. But even with this reduction they will face roughly $460 million in higher out-of-pocket costs by 2026. Critics of the House bill argue that if states were able to obtain a waiver, millions of Americans who get health insurance through Medicaid, especially those who obtained it through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion program, would lose coverage.
The Affordable Care Act puts healthy and sick people into the same insurance pool. The Republicans' plan will wind up costing taxpayers even more. Its effects on the insurance market would be catastrophic, causing widespread loss of coverage and immediate premium increases of 15 to 20 percent.
There are cuts in Medicaid included in the bill, so there goes a few more million off the Medicaid rolls. "In addition, there are significant inflationary pressures on premiums, most notably the growth of medical and pharmaceutical costs", the department said. Will that process deliver a new law? Portman, supposedly the bulldog protecting Medicaid, clearly cares more about the Medicaid expansion than the per capita cap.
Many Republicans who voted for the bill, which is created to replace Obamacare, have ducked any big sessions with constituents while home on recess this week; the few who didn't got a negative reaction.
The GOP bill went through the House with little debate, zero committee hearings, no amendments allowed on the floor and no waiting for the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "score" (fiscal impact and rise in the uninsured).
Don't take my word for it, ask AARP, Kaiser Family Foundation, Avalere Research, America's Essential Hospitals, National Physicians Alliance, American Medical Assoc., etc., they are all against this bill. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that 1.8 million jobs would be lost over a six year period if the Republican plan is adopted-81, 000 in Ohio, with about 9000 of those in the Southern Ohio districts of Representatives Wenstrup and Stivers.
Comparing maternity coverage to owning a Cadillac might be a bit of a stretch as far as societal goods are concerned, but as HuffPost points out, this talking point is well-worn among Republicans who think women should be the sole contributors of maternity care coverage. That was the lowest percentage in the country, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"The premiums are going to be low, the deductibles are going to be low".