House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care Bill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. speaks with reporters as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday March 14 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. speaks with reporters as Democrats criticize the Republican health care plan at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday March 14 2017

Calling Florida "ground zero" for the impact of the GOP's proposed health care plan, the AARP warned Thursday that more than 450,000 of the state's residents age 50 to 64 would pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars more each year for coverage.

They are older people nearing retirement who will see their premiums skyrocket.

"When I hear a lot of the discussions questioning 'Well why should I have to pay for maternity coverage if I never use it, ' those same types of questions could be posed in the context of public safety or national parks".

The American Health Care Act is a Republican-led plan championed by most congressional Republicans and the Republican president, Donald Trump.

The new Republican health-care plan includes tax cuts for the rich that would be offset by substantially reducing subsidies to the poor for purchasing insurance and taxing the health care premiums of the working class.

According to Walker, the VHHA appreciates the proposal to simultaneously repeal the current Affordable Care Act - or Obamacare - and implement the new AHCA.

21-year-old single with an annual income of $26,500: 6.4 percent under Obamacare, 5.5 percent under the Republican plan. "We ran on repealing Obamacare because it doesn't work", he added. In some states there is only one health insurance provider and option. It wasn't really the Affordable Care Act. Many people, particularly those who did not qualify for subsidies, complained that coverage was unaffordable.

Under its current form, the legislation would allow insurers to charge older Americans five times more than the young, putting at risk those who retire early.

The AARP further cautioned that the plan could limit access to long-term care, including nursing homes, paid for under Medicaid. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass. "And also I would say under the American Health Care Act, they would defund Planned Parenthood for a year".

"I feel very good about it".

Democratic House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) challenged the Republican's over their bill and called it "Robin Hood in reverse" giving money back to the wealthy and taking it from poorer Americans.

Some checks would remain in place.

Beyond the pressure on state budgets, cuts to Medicaid spending would hurt hospitals, drug companies, medical equipment manufacturers, doctors, and other health-care providers.

Health-care costs are out of control.

Also, Medicaid funding would be slashed, leaving 14 million fewer people covered.

"The old versus young thing is interesting in New York", Wu said of older adults compared with younger ones.

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