Washington state leaders react after health care bill pulled


28 March, 2017

The Republican bill would have repealed tax penalties for people without health insurance, rolled back federal insurance standards, reduced subsidies for the purchase of private insurance and set new limits on spending for Medicaid, the federal-state programme that covers more than 70 million low-income people.

Long before Barack Obama took office, numerous most basic policy choices had been hashed out among health reform advocates, interest groups, and experts left and center, meeting in various configurations. "They could make mental health benefits bare-bones without Congress if they were feeling particularly mean", said John Gorman, head of the Gorman Health Group.

Among those who have long sought to see Obama's health law dismantled, though, there was disappointment or chin-up resolve that they still could prevail. This one didn't get a lot of attention in part because people didn't realize how important it was until they went to go use some of these services.

"I know people on the Left don't like that, but. that's what we think will save the American health care system-having a patient-centered system with choice and competition". For most of the country, this is a welcomed postponement; if Congress actually passes the AHCA, then anyone who isn't a straight, white male could say goodbye to vital provisions and services that made staying healthy and fit possible.

Former President Barack Obama touted the Affordable Care Act's benefits Thursday as he mounted a last ditch defense against Republican-led efforts to dismantle his signature health care law.

The health care act sought to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Again on Twitter on Saturday, he repeated his case: "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE".

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And there was the inspiring citizen mobilization that forced Republican legislators to confront the reality that millions of Americans have benefited from a law that Ryan, Trump and company, with a stunning indifference to fact, falsely insist is a failure. Under her Affordable Care Act plan, she pays $480 a month for coverage and has an out-of-pocket maximum of $3,500 a year. "I was disappointed the Republicans never followed regular order or held public hearings, but at least the American people and my constituents can sleep tonight knowing they will be able to visit their doctor and receive the quality, affordable health care they deserve".

In 2010 when Obamacare was enacted, about 50 million Americans (16%) were without health insurance. "Too many are paying monthly premiums higher than their mortgage". Compounding the problem is the contention that President Trump and the Republicans have no realistic replacement alternative. Danny Davis, a Chicago Democrat, said Friday from the House floor. "Every Republican. has campaigned, from dogcatcher on up, that they would do everything they could to repeal and replace Obamacare". This trend is reversing as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

However, this more comprehensive coverage has come at a price.

Walt Whitlow, 57, a carpenter from Volente, Texas, gave Trump his vote even as he came to view Obama's law as "an unbelievable godsend".

That has had knock-on effects throughout the health care industry. Insurers have complained that the huge uncertainty caused by the GOP effort to repeal and replace the ACA has made it hard or impossible for them to make plan and rate decisions for 2018. Miller said the last-minute inclusion of the benefits provision illustrates the danger of overly hasty moves to legislate in complex areas of health policy.

"It saved my life", he said.

"It's so cartoonishly malicious that I can picture someone twirling their mustache as they drafted it in their secret Capitol lair last night", said Rep Jim McGovern, a Democrat from MA.

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