Mental-Health Services Could Disappear with ACA Repeal

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There are few hard-line conservatives on the two committees poised to vote this week, so the panels will likely approve the legislation over unified Democratic opposition. The ratio is now 3-to-1 in the Affordable Care Act, but the GOP's plan would change it to 5-to-1.

President Donald Trump promoted health care tax credits during his address to Congress Tuesday night, indicating that he's planning to follow House Speaker Paul Ryan's GOP replacement plan for Obamacare.

Americans would finally be able to buy whatever insurance plans they liked, as easily as they now buy flat-screen TVs, cellphones and - what's that product with the cute gecko in its commercials?

Our new local member of Congress, John Faso, was at the meeting. There are many in the Republican ranks who argue that total repeal is both impractical and politically risky.

"They don't have the votes", top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi said Friday of the Republican health-care initiative. "What's going to happen if the ACA is repealed?" she said. Funding for expansion of Medicaid would be scrapped, even though one in three kids gets coverage from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"If you live in the state of California or NY and you wanted a policy that had fewer state mandates and might be cheaper, I don't see why you shouldn't be able to go to the state and find a plan that supports your needs", said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, which advocates free-market ideas. Will as many or more people be covered under an Obamacare replacement plan? It's not a comfortable spot to be in, and that's probably one reason why many Republican legislators appear to be hiding from their constituents.

As of this writing, Rep. Faso has scheduled no public events during the Congressional recess, which is usually legislators' time for connecting with voters. For North Carolina families, it's clear-if Congress wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they have to do better than this.

Yet "repeal" is still the word on the lips of Faso's Republican colleagues.

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"I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims", Trump said in his speech. Many in Los Angeles' large Latino community tuned in to see president Trump's first primetime address to congress.

Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried says his biggest concern is a potential cut to Medicaid, a health insurance program for low income people. Some of these people are middle-income families who do not qualify for subsidies and are still not able to afford insurance.

Dream Sequence: Chuck Todd on Russia's "Meet the Press" after the fall of the Soviet Union: "Do you understand why some people think that's an impossible promise to keep?" The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, the militarys TriCare and Medicare all offer such coverage. "And, whether that be the House proposal or the Senate proposal, we're going to have a proposal and get 218 and 51", the aide said. Even many Democrats opposed the plan. The good news is there are plenty of free-market health care proposals floating around.

The pre-existing condition ban and coverage up to age 26 for young adults on their parents' insurance. When Obamacare, rather than a single-payer system, was passed, it added complexity.

Health insurance is a complicated topic to untangle for most people and coverage under the Affordable Care Act is no exception. "We're better than that". Yet the president's thinking on health care has always been scattered. It is far more costly than any other system, and has poorer results.

The New Jersey Democrat, who called looking for a bill he wasn't sure existed "extremely weird", and said Americans expected such a measure to be worked out in a bipartisan manner "and that's just not the case". Accordingly, we rate this claim Half True. From where it started, the premium has doubled, and now my deductible has also doubled.

This means low-income 27-year-olds (earning $20,000 per year) would lose out under the Republican plan, according to KFF's projections, because that's lower than the $3,225 they would get under the ACA's provisions in 2020 (the year the GOP's plan would go into effect).

Unlike fellow Texan John Cornyn, Cruz doesn't sit on any of the committees with primary jurisdiction over the health care law overhaul. We'd all have Medicare, which would guarantee coverage for all.

Has anything, other than Obamacare, been done to drive down the cost of health insurance or health care in general?

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