The debate over the future of health care in America moved into the streets of Omaha Saturday. In terms of trying to cover the uninsured, with the Affordable Care Act we've covered approximately 20 million people with health insurance coverage, and have declined the number of uninsured in the country to the lowest point it's been basically in recorded time. Then the "Party of No" refused to cooperate in needed revisions. Griffith said they were focused on keeping the reconciliation legislation in line with the Senate's Byrd rule, meaning any amendments must be tied to the budget in order to pass the bill without any Democratic support.
"As a former ER doctor, I can tell you that's a bad way to get care", Berman said. According to CBPP's analysis, that gap could start to widen again under the Republicans' health care plan.
And for those wealthy individuals and corporate interests grasping their entitlements, please keep your hands in your own pockets and let all of us have good and affordable health care.
The ACA also made it easier for people to buy insurance on the individual market, by providing premium subsidies and help with copayments and deductibles, and by setting basic "rules of the road" for coverage.
There's obviously a big difference in priorities between the Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act...
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He said the state receives $2.4 billion per year in NIH funding that is vital to research and development, research hospitals and early-stage medical start ups that devise new and better treatments for a variety of conditions.
While consumers pay a steep price, special interests would reap the rewards through a windfall of tax breaks. Some states, like Arizona, saw much larger increases. Many lower-income Americans - including elderly Americans in nursing homes, the working poor (many of them in families led by single working mothers), the unemployed and many under-employed veterans - will lose their health care coverage. Yet despite the lower taxes both industries would reap under AHCA versus the ACA, the benefit would be more than offset by the negative effects of declining insured patients and Medicaid funding.
Most of the 1.74 million Floridians covered by Obamacare exchanges would be unable to afford coverage under the GOP plan.
"We are deeply, deeply troubled not only by the mathematics, but the signal this sends about the White House's support for NIH during its first term", said Travis McCready, president CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. "I guess some politicians will say that if those people didn't save money, it's their fault".
Trump calls the House legislation "a great plan" and says there will be "bidding by insurance companies like you've never seen before".