Americans Increasingly Think Their Health Care Will Get Worse

Americans Increasingly Think Their Health Care Will Get Worse

Americans Increasingly Think Their Health Care Will Get Worse

Almost 23 million people may lose health insurance in the next decade following the revised Republican healthcare plan, says a non-partisan agency.

At the same time, some 50,000 Iowans now in the Affordable Care Act "marketplace" will face additional, sharp increases in what they must pay to get coverage for deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, as ACA tax credits are replaced with less-generous ones and cost-sharing subsidies are repealed without any substitute.

Republican Senate aides are said to be drafting the upper chamber's version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week while Congress is on break.

The division falls along party lines, with 78 percent of Democrats saying they approve of the Affordable Care Act and 67 percent of Republicans favoring the AHCA.

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Fifty-five percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republicans' healthcare plan, compared to 31 percent who like it, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed.

The House-passed AHCA would eventually lead to 23 million fewer people covered, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office estimate. John Thune of South Dakota is hashing out plans to make the GOP plan's tax credits more generous for older and needy people who buy insurance on their own. "Senate Republicans also aren't sure how much they can improve on a score that, in their view, fell far short of an acceptable outcome", the story reports.

Both Republican and Democrats did agree that President Donald Trump is not fulfilling his campaign promises with the AHCA.

A nonpartisan analysis of the House-passed Republican bill said the potential consequences could be severe.

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More than half of those polled think the Senate should either not pass the bill (29 percent) or make major changes to it (26 percent), while roughly a quarter said senators should make minor changes.

Sadly, all of this confirms the degree to which rank partisanship, approaching irrational tribal loyalty, and self-selecting news have come to dominate American politics. "When they run in 2018, they are going to want to say that they lowered average premiums".

"You mention healthcare and that's certainly front and center in the United States Senate, something that we will have to get resolved here in the next few weeks and I expect that we will", Cornyn said. It would also halt the expansion of Medicaid initiated under ObamaCare.

For instance, 60% of people were less likely to support the AHCA due to a provision that allows states to apply for a wavier to repeal a key Obamacare protection that obligates insurers to cover a baseline of medical care, such as maternity care, mental healthcare, and emergency-room visits. "Even more puzzling is the fact that the President's budget, released just last week, proposed additional cuts to Medicaid on top of those in the AHCA".

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With the pre-existing condition waiver, the AHCA bill gives states the ability to allow health insurance providers to deny coverage or charge higher premiums for enrollees with pre-existing conditions.

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