AHCA Faces Likely Byrd Rule Changes, Challenges In Senate

Laura Christensen
May 13, 2017

According to a 2013 report, the average payment for prenatal care and delivery among women with commercial insurance in 2010 was $18,329 for a vaginal delivery and $27,866 for a cesarean section.

President Trump was elected by rural America.

"Premiums will be coming down", he proclaimed at his victory rally in the White House Rose Garden. What's more, setting aside $8 billion for high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions doesn't go almost far enough and will make coverage unattainable for many self-employed entrepreneurs.

Following passage of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), known as Trumpcare, in the House of Representatives earlier this month, many Democrats have spoken out against the bill. And that means if you are born with a pre-existing condition, you have a pre-existing condition, we're going to be there for you.

All those claims are half-true at best. First, a state would have to seek a waiver from the Obamacare's regulation on pre-existing conditions. "In a more extreme, but still plausible, scenario in which even one state elected to completely eliminate its essential health benefit standards, the requirement to provide these protections would effectively disappear entirely for large employer plans nationwide".

Lawmakers also added a provision to the bill that would allocate an additional $8 billion over five years for states seeking a waiver. Pushing forward with a sub-par replacement plan is the wrong move for our country, our small business community and the millions of entrepreneurs and employees who have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health care is complicated, as the president has learned, but some of this is simple arithmetic. If they do, they're offering to help them "improve the health care system for all Americans". There's still no such thing as a free lunch. So it's worth going back to the basic numbers. But some Republicans want any reductions to be more gradual, and Trump made a campaign pledge not to cut the program. Either way, the Senate bill must achieve the same savings as the House bill, which looks to cut $880 billion in future Medicaid spending. That's why the Medicaid rolls will be 14 million people smaller if the bill becomes law. It is estimated that a 64-year-old making $26,500 could have to pay $14,600 per year for insurance. If they did they would be burning the midnight oil to keep this from happening. "I don't like it".

When the Senate takes up the House bill, if it's smart, it should quickly strip out the pre-existing coverage alterations. Instead, the Senate will develop their own bill and they have assembled 13 men to do it.

Trump's tax reform plan - which still lacks key policy details - is opposed by 52% to 30% of American voters.

That's impossible, of course. Today, I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, just as the American people asked for on Election Day. That's 5-to-1 negative when it comes to those most adamant about the legislation.

In 2010, Republicans succeeded at the polls by dubbing the unpopular new law "Obamacare".

The clobbering tool has been passed to the Democrats and they will try to employ it during the 2018 midterm elections.

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