Cuomo lays out cost of Obamacare repeal for area counties

Americans split over Trump's ability to fix health care

Sen. Chris Murphy argues against repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the Senate floor Thursday.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told reporters that the group made no decisions but would stake out what it can support during a caucus meeting next week.

Last month the American Hospital Association said that repealing Obamacare without a replacement would cost hospitals almost $166 billion over 10 years. "So I think it's a good thing".

Speaking inside the Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley facility at 218 N. Second Allentown, Casey said Republicans in control of the U.S. House and Senate are threatening the health-care coverage secured by 20 million Americans thanks to Obamacare. But that challenge will be much steeper if Medicaid funding is gutted, Conway said.

The state budget impact will be more than $3.7 billion, Cuomo said.

But Paul countered that there is a "danger" in supporting the budget now being considered. To Republicans, he said, "Do not thrust millions of your countrymen and countrywomen off a cliff and shout promises at them as they fall".

The recent election doesn't change the goal, which is to make America's medical system work better and more humanely for everyone.

It has been reported the Democrat strategy will be to exploit differences of opinion among Republicans in Congress about a replacement for Obamacare. In response to the governor's comments, Reed said he recognizes his concerns.

Senate Republicans take first step toward repealing Obamacare
The government's role would be to handle health coverage for high-risk patients, he said. McConnell insists that "The Obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up".

Leadership has argued that the fiscal 2017 budget resolution is only a vehicle to repeal the health law.

Not one Republican voted for the bill and 34 Democrats voted against it.

"We are seeing our Medicaid population grow", said Betsy Wright, president and CEO of UPMC Chautauqua WCA. At least you'll have coverage for the next 12 months.

President Barack Obama said he believes that his signature healthcare law will survive under a Trump administration, telling ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is skeptical Republicans will actually repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rather than have insurers or the government design health care packages (which procedures are included, which aren't) and systems (which doctors and hospitals are in-network or out-of-network), devise a system of insurance vouchers and let people make their own decisions about what they want covered and by whom.

Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking their first steps to repeal Obamacare, which they have long blasted as being too expensive. They also reported a poll taken shows 47% of people are opposed to repeal of the ACA.28% are opposed until a replacement law is in place.

"While the subsidies may not exist in the same manner they do under Obamacare, numerous Republican plans focus on lowering costs through increased competition, a focus on patient-centered care, expanding of the use of Health Savings and Flexible Savings Accounts, all aimed at helping patients make the best health care decisions for themselves, not insurers, and not the government", Cole said.

"If Congress were to proceed with an outright repeal with no replacement whatsoever, and they just ended these programs altogether, that would be the triple whammy", he said. The deadline is January 31st to enroll for coverage this year.

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