Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

"The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance, ' Roy says".

The bills would also end the Obamacare prohibition on paying for over-the-counter medications with funds from tax-advantaged health accounts.

Fifty-five percent of the public views the House's American Health Care Act unfavorably, compared with just 30 percent with favorable views of that bill, according to the survey.

But it then allows states to opt out of that requirement.

"I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party", Obama wrote in a Facebook post. As MONEY reported Thursday, "starting in 2025, Medicaid spending would only be allowed to rise at the rate of general inflation, a rate much lower than needed to keep pace with rising health care costs, experts say".

Many families who have purchased Affordable Care Act policies have been smacked with skyrocketing premiums and unaffordable deductibles. After all, health care is the largest single expenditure for the federal government, and reining in costs should be a priority.

But Sanders stopped short of saying that the bill enjoys Trump's full backing, hinting more tweaking down the road. "Whatever we pass is not going to solve the entire problem".

Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who helped craft the bill, said Thursday was the first he'd seen of it and wanted to read it thoroughly before commenting.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to later criticize it in private as "mean". Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, will put the bill up for vote in the Senate next Thursday. "I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn't promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies", he said."I mean, we could do this for cars", he added. The tax, which affects high-income citizens and was imposed to help pay for Obamacare, has been a key target for Republicans. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said. It also eliminates penalties for people who don't buy health insurance.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. Currently, all plans must cover 10 categories of care, including prescription drug coverage, maternity care, preventive services like birth control, and mental health care. It would be wiser to leave some of those taxes in place to reduce health care's budget-busting impacts and make an eventual Republican health care a program fiscally functional. A number of states, including SC, declined to expand Medicaid to provide Obamacare to a larger clientele.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

PEARSON: The Medicaid cuts are even more draconian than the House bill was, though they take effect more gradually than the House bill did.

Four conservative Republican senators quickly announced initial opposition to the bill and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body.