Health care fever picks up heat in the heartland

Texas Reps. John Ratcliffe and Blake Farenthold meet with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office along with other members of the Republican Study Committee to talk about the proposed American

Texas Reps. John Ratcliffe and Blake Farenthold meet with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office along with other members of the Republican Study Committee to talk about the proposed American

While those purchasing insurance under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, knew what they were getting, Friedman said the GOP proposal takes away the various tiers of available coverage.

In 2012 the state, under Gov. Jan Brewer, took advantage of a provision of the Affordable Care Act to extend coverage to everyone up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) on Friday endorsed the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation that is speeding toward a vote in the House. Doctor Deane Waldman with the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation says there are things he likes in the bill. "We have talked about repeal since 2010, I ran on it in 2010 and when people heard that, they heard 'repeal Obamacare'".

But Ducey said the proposal being pushed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is not ready for prime time. The Republican plan overlooks regional cost variations.

Walker and other members of the RSC asked that work requirements be added to the bill, along with giving states the option to block-grant Medicaid.

Bottom line: When most people in MI and nationally say they want to "repeal and replace" the ACA, they do not necessarily want to lose coverage or return to the pre-ACA world.

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Around 125,000 Pennsylvanians have access to addiction treatment in large part to the expansion through the Medicaid program, according to Gov. Tom Wolf. The package represents the first major piece of legislation aimed at fulfilling a top 2016 campaign promise - further, Trump has said Washington must first deal with health care before officials can tackle the next policy priority of tax reform. "It will close up very, very soon if something isn't done", he said. And Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state.

"They should just pull the plug on this bill", Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, the Democratic House Minority Leader.

Rep. Pete Roskam of IL supported the bill in the Ways and Means Committee to repeal Obamacare's taxes, but has recently been expressing doubts about the Republican plan's Medicaid freeze.

A number of moderate Republicans in the House came out against the bill after a Congressional Budget Office report stated that 24 million Americans would lose coverage by 2026 under the plan.

"We have to do something about the fact that the House bill disproportionately affects older, rural Americans", Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

The bill, which Trump said he backs "100 percent", faces a crunch vote next week in the House of Representatives. Chuck Grassley, and Joni Ernst, and their US representative to tell them to reject the American Health Care Act. Collins' opposition leaves the bill short of the support it needs in the Senate unless it changes, since GOP leaders can only lose two votes.

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