Blum undecided on health care vote, seeks input from constituents

While Trump and GOP leaders are downplaying the CBO's ability to correctly forecast coverage, other health policy and industry experts also worry that the legislation would mean many Americans could lose their insurance.

Himes responded to a question by denying Republican claims that the Affordable Care Act initiated under former President Obama is on the verge of collapse.

To appease conservative lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leadership are looking at giving states the option of requiring able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work, a provision Republicans have long wanted. But the health care bill Ryan introduced last week does not reflect that reality. Seven years ago the Democrats were accused of 'jamming the bill through.' Somehow in jamming it through I had time to do 14 health care town hall meetings.

Impoverished seniors who can not afford nursing care are also major Medicaid recipients.

Iowa has already undergone major changes in how it distributes Medicaid, with three out-of-state companies a year ago taking oversight of the program from the state.

Attacks on Medicaid often echo the old debate about welfare, implying that beneficiaries are able-bodied slackers who don't want to work. Besides the very complicated nature of legislation that will consume a major part of our gross national product over the coming decades, writing the laws that take from millions of Americans their health care safety net that they have come to rely upon is not an easy task.

That's one reason any changes to federal Medicaid funding will face widespread opposition.

A senior GOP aide noted that the framework of the initial legislation will remain in place, since the administration has publicly come out in support of the measure, but modifications are expected. By fundamentally changing the financing structure of Medicaid through a per-capita cap on spending, the bill would weaken this vital safety net program.

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In short, this bill introduces unnecessary disarray, not only in the individual insurance market, but with Medicaid and Medicare. Kaiser Family Foundation . "Just this, they say, lowers premiums, stabilizes the market, gives people more choice and freedom".

Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed amount of federal funding each year, regardless of how many participants are in the program. In fact, up to $8,400 more per year for the same coverage you have now. The CBO says 24 million people will be thrown off their insurance plans in the next 10 years.

What concerns me is that all those folks who jumped on the repeal-and-replace bandwagon didn't have an inkling about what would be required to get the job done. "So that's why their forecast of the coverage for the Republican bill is so odd". The GOP's tax credits are not as generous as Obamacare's subsidies for lower-income enrollees.

His organization conducted an analysis of pediatric health care coverage and turned up several startling figures: Of the 4.5 million children in NY, 54 percent are covered by Medicaid or CHIP.

"What the bill does is increase costs for older people quite significantly", she said.

The discussion is having ripple effects in New Jersey, where almost 1 million residents gained insurance under former President Barack Obama's signature bill and where Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie have begun to tackle the issue.

Nebraskans would be among the hardest hit by the bill.

It gets rid of most of Obamacare's taxes, coverage mandates and regulations and instead provides incentives for individuals to buy insurance on the open market. Under the proposed law, her annual tax credits would be capped at $3,500, which would raise her monthly premium by $125 a month.


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