GOP health care bill would let employers cap benefits

Jake Martinez who has epilepsy is worried about health insurance as Republicans move closer to dismantling the Obama health care system known as the Affordable Care Act which he and his wife use

GOP health care bill would let employers cap benefits

US Democratic senators have vowed to fight "cruel" Republican healthcare reform after a bill to replace Obamacare was narrowly passed in the House of Representatives.

"We're writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill", Sen.

The president's remarks came in typical Trump style, as he reminded those visiting the White House that just a few short months ago, he was in a "different world".

Double-digit premium increases have raised the notion that Republicans are working on parallel paths to undo the law, creating a market where plans are so expensive that they only make economic sense for patients with very high medical costs.

The Republicans' American Health Care Act (as the bill is called) is projected to take away health insurance from 24 million people; cut premiums for the healthy but raise premiums for less-healthy Americans by more than 750 percent; expose people with pre-existing conditions to prohibitively high premiums and deductibles; cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion; eliminate funds for Planned Parenthood's women's health screenings and treatments; and, give the wealthiest Americans a almost $1 trillion tax cut over a decade (among other things). It allows states to waive some protections for those with pre-existing conditions, while letting insurers charge higher rates to older consumers and levy a 30 percent surcharge on the premiums of those who let their coverage lapse.

Trump spoke about his efforts to get the bill passed to approximately 100 Republican legislators who gathered in the Rose Garden.

Back in 2010, the Democrats held Congress and the White House and used their majorities to jam through an unpopular health care law on a partisan basis, just as Republicans have done now. Tragedy doesn't ask who you voted for.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people over a decade.

The Republicans would enable people higher on the income scale to claim the tax credit to help pay their premiums.

The amendment says that health insurers can't limit access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but that insurers can charge people more if states agree. But Mr Trump and the Republican House leadership will take it.

Both states now mandate that individual health plans sold in the states cover abortion services. "Obamacare has unquestionably hurt more people than it has helped, and it has forced Americans to buy insurance they don't like, don't need, and can't afford".

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) put his full support behind the GOP's American Health Care Act during a scathing House floor speech on Thursday, accusing Democrats of "lying" about the legislation's provisions on pre-existing conditions.

"So I'm not quite sure why they think my vote's so important but they're sure doing a lot of arm twisting but it's not going to do them any good", said Long.

"My concerns regarding health-care reform haven't changed - it must work in a state like Alaska and not pull the rug out from those who now receive coverage", she said.

"I believe the Senate will make substantial changes in the House bill and I look forward to that process", Collins said.

Opponents say the bill doesn't put almost enough funding into those high-risk pools, and premiums for unhealthy Americans will skyrocket.

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