Republican congressman cries after learning what's in health bill he voted for


The CBO analyzed the bill as now written and found it would drastically change health care in the U.S. They estimate the law would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion oven ten years, but also leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance compared to current law. This means that people are charged the same rate regardless of factors like health status. As a practical matter, pre-existing conditions would again prevent millions of Americans from obtaining the private-sector coverage that Obamacare sought to provide.

The market for individual insurance policies would be destabilized, the CBO said, and the high-risk pools that are supposed to provide a safety net for people who can not otherwise obtain insurance would be too underfunded to help. Republicans are the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support the bill, by a lackluster 42-24 percent, and the only group where more voters say they would support a candidate for reelection who backs the latest healthcare plan.

Meantime, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., continued to call for bipartisan efforts to make improvements to the Affordable Care Act adopted during the administration of President Barack Obama.

But don't worry, the bill makes sure that the rich will get some much-needed tax breaks. "Are there guardrails that need to be put into the bill to better protect the funding?" They've said it will differ markedly from the House measure, including easing some Medicaid reductions and focusing tax credits for buying coverage more at poorer people. This savings comes from repealing the ACA taxes on high-income earners and medical companies. In addition, the bill would repeal the infamous individual mandate imposing penalties on individuals who fail to maintain health coverage.

According to the CBO, the current Obamacare system would result in "sufficient demand for insurance by enough people, including people with low health care expenditures, for the market to be stable in most areas".

In states where such a rollback could happen, insurance companies may see some daylight. "So nearly half. And then they predicted for 2017 this year that there would be 25 million people on the exchanges, and in fact there was about 12.2 million people", Pipes said. The state doesn't have the resources to make up the difference.

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The CBO also projects the cost of care for many conditions would increase substantially in those states that choose to waive the federal Essential Health Benefits, including maternity care, mental health and substance abuse services.

As NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben reported, a 64-year-old making $26,500 would pay $1,700 in premiums annually under Obamacare.

On May 4, by a four-vote margin, the House approved the American Health Care Act.

An American Medical Association statement urged the Senate to take action to keep people from losing affordable health coverage.

Carrying signs and chanting in opposition to the AHCA, Representatives from Planned Parenthood Advocates of OH, the Human Rights Campaign, the Universal Health Care Action Network and about two dozen speakers and protesters gathered outside the Scripps Building on Walnut downtown where Portman has an office. The CBO estimates premiums would fall 10% to 30% in 2026, depending on how numerous regulations stay in place.