US House of Representatives begins repealing Obamacare

Local activists are finalizing plans to hold a march Sunday afternoon in New Hope to support the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care legislation that is on President-elect Donald Trump's chopping block. Many Republicans are nervous.

Insurers and experts at the conservative Heritage Foundation back the idea.

The call comes as Congress moved forward this week to repeal the legislation without offering a replacement.

Without that revenue, the whole structure might collapse, even if the legislation survives for several years, leaving millions without health care coverage.

"That is kind of reassuring to us that we're going to be able to make a transition", he said. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined almost all Republican senators and approved the measure. Sen.

The budget is an early but critical victory in the Republican crusade to scrap Obamacare. Several of those open-seat elections will occur in presidential battleground states like OH and MI, where Republican governors largely embraced the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has also blasted Republicans for the idea.

Up to 129 million Americans have a pre-existing condition.

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The debate over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is heated. Many get premium subsidies financed by taxes on the most generous insurance policies. Ripple effects would reach health-care providers from pharmacies to physical therapists.

Before the ACA, 105 million Americans, a lot of them with employer coverage, had a lifetime limit on their insurance policy. My colleagues and I will look to protect them as we take the next step in health reform. There are half a dozen or more serious proposals that would improve our health care system that we need to consider. Some Republicans want the deadline to be pushed to March to give lawmakers more time to come up with a replacement plan. "But it didn't take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare".

"People are feeling very mobilized for the event", said Zipkin.

THE FACTS: Experts agree that the law is not now in a "death spiral", an actuarial term that refers to a vicious cycle when rising insurance costs force healthy customers out of the marketplace, resulting in still higher prices, which cause even more customers to bail, etc., until the system collapses.

The report estimated that 21-year-olds would see annual premiums drop by $700, but 64-year-olds would see theirs rise by $2,100.

Now just under 10 percent of all New Mexicans are uninsured.

Buchson acknowledges the possibility of higher premiums for older people, but he said those could be mitigated by ideas created to encourage competition.

"This big government approach to health insurance didn't work", said Toomey in a statement. The Arc of New Jersey urges lawmakers to preserve the ACA or at least replace it simultaneously with a functionally equivalent alternative. Republicans could strengthen provisions that encourage people to buy insurance or tighten rules that discourage people from signing up only when they are sick, for example. "For people with pre-existing conditions, choices are infinitely more abundant because they couldn't get coverage at all". The American people have spoken up loudly and clearly that Obamacare must go.


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