Trump on charm offensive in bid to scrap Obamacare

-Should Republicans fail to pass the health-care repeal-and-replace plan they unveiled this week, some compromises might be possible to amend the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) of California, the House minority leader, said at a breakfast meeting with reporters Friday hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. The Trump plan would freeze participation in the Medicaid expansion after 2020, making those who temporarily earn more and become ineligible permanently shut out of the current program. Democrats immediately dubbed the new plan "Trumpcare". Ted Cruz with many calling it "Obamacare lite".

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress say the law, which they call "Obamacare", forced people who don't get health insurance from an employer to buy coverage with high monthly premiums and deductibles. We haven't had a free market system in health care ever since - and Obamacare made it much worse.

You might, because you could receive less help from the government. Instead, it focuses on the areas that enabled 20 million Americans to get some type of coverage following the enactment of the ACA, which is also called Obamacare.

Conservative Republicans are anxious about the cost of the overhaul, fearing the GOP would essentially be replacing one mandatory federal program with another.

"Sen. not impressed with what has now been offered".

But Americans have gotten used to the idea that health insurance should operate differently than all other forms of pooled-risk insurance.

We all want the same thing: affordable coverage we can actually use, lower costs, and a healthier population.

"Every bit of this proposal is created to make it harder for people to get coverage, harder for people to keep coverage and it will mean people will pay more and get less", said Beth Capell, health policy advocate for Health Access California, a health and consumer advocacy group.

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Young: Young Americans would probably see their premiums drop under the Republican plan. There's an option for states to provide such subsidies, but it's not yet clear how those would work. It would base the amount of aid on the number of people enrolled, not on the cost of care.

Republicans could not say Wednesday whether the replacement legislation would insure more people than now and House Democrats are opposed to moving forward without an answer to that question. Under the current system, the government would cover almost the entire cost of that plan.

But the GOP's plan could benefit younger consumers in general and particularly those in lower-priced markets of Southern California.

States with high health-care costs could be in for trouble. That could affect women's health care services, including mammograms and prenatal care, for those who would lose that coverage. Those particulars remain far from settled and will probably vary depending on state requirements.

The House Republican bill would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states, reducing federal payments for many new beneficiaries, according to an article in The New York Times. But there's a catch.

The GOP proposal to penalize uninsured people when they sign up after a coverage gap is different than the way penalties are applied under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.

That depends on whether lawmakers can fix the insurance exchanges that are leading to large losses for some insurers. Insurers may offer separate private plans.