Things To Watch In The GOP's American Health Care Act
Mar 08 2017
Under the proposal, expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare is slated to continue until January 1, 2020.
It would also replace income-based subsidies to help with the cost of premiums with age-based tax credits.
A group of four Republican senators have already said that a draft of the legislation they reviewed did not adequately protect low-income people who received Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "Simply put, we have a better way to deliver solutions that put patients - not bureaucrats - first, and we are moving forward united in our efforts to rescue the American people from the mess Obamacare has created". It would undo President Barack Obama's signature health law, dubbed Obamacare, and would potentially offer a replacement plan.
The GOP plan provides a system of age-based tax credits to coax people to buy insurance in an open market as opposed to requiring Americans to have insurance or pay fines.
The House Republican plan is expected to gradually end the expansion of Medicaid, which has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states.
Since the beginning of his campaign, President Donald Trump has always said that he plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump has said the replacement for the act will not leave anyone without coverage who now has it, and that may be the basis for serious conflict. The Congressional Budget Office has not estimated the cost of the GOP's plan and additional debate could reshape major portions of the bill.
House Oversight Committee Charman Jason Chaffetzalso discussed the new measure while appearing on CNN's New Day on Tuesday morning, saying, "Rather than getting that new iPhone that [low-income Americans] just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care".
The tax credits available to adults making $40,000 a year are much more comparable to those available under the Affordable Care Act.
Almost half of those gained insurance under an expansion of Medicaid, which would end in 2020 under the Republicans' new plan, then face funding caps. However, this is very weak motivation and won't persuade very many young, healthy people to get covered. "Reform should not come at the cost of disruption in access to health care for our country's most vulnerable and sickest individuals".
Republicans behind the new legislation reject that tag.
But the bill would allow insurers to mark up premiums by 30% for those who have a lapse in insurance coverage of about two months or more.
Walden similarly refused to answer whether Americans could lose their health insurance under his bill.