Speaker Ryan: AHCA 'Closest We'll Ever Get to Repealing ObamaCare'

GOP releases Obamacare replacement details

"More than 20 million Americans now have health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and among the AMA's highest priorities for on-going health system reform efforts is to ensure that these individuals maintain that coverage", said the letter signed by James L. Madara, the CEO of the interest group, a prolific donor to both political parties. "If we repeal the Affordable Care Act, those voices are going to be front and center again". Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and it doesn't offer much for the moderate Republicans, especially in the Senate, who have sounded the alarm bells that phasing out Medicaid's expansion the way the bill does it would throw millions of people off healthcare. "People will like it a lot". "So the young, healthy person is going to be made to buy healthcare, and they're going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s or who gets heart disease in his 50s", Ryan said.

Speaker Paul Ryan has set March 22 as the date for the House passage of the Affordable Care Act repeal, and the Republican members are working closely with President Trump and the White House Administration to get it done by that date.

He added, "And the plan empowers individual Americans to buy the health insurance that is right for them, not the plan forced on them by government". Like Obamacare, however, the Republican bill allows children to stay on a parent's insurance until they reach age 26 and prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Last week, Trump claimed President Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before Election Day, tweeting the accusation without offering evidence.

Introduced this week, the American Health Care Act keeps our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

House panels to launch fight in Congress over Obamacare replacement
The plan includes an "advanceable" tax credit, based on age and families size, which people can use to buy insurance. The Medicaid cuts would also slash funding for treatment of drug addiction, which Trump had vowed to expand.

States that did not expand Medicaid would receive additional funds through a number of changes, including the reinstatement of disproportionate share hospital payments, money that is provided to hospitals that serve a large number of Medicaid and uninsured people. He said it is just one of three phases in reshaping health-care laws that will also later involve Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price taking actions from the executive branch.

Trump may wind up learning that lesson the hard way.

After 18 hours of debate the House Ways and Means Committee became the first panel to approve the bill that would repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama's landmark health reforms. More generous subsidies, more comprehensive plans, or government run health care would continue making the rich and middle class pay for health care for the poor.

This is where things get even more hard for Republicans.

One of the biggest disappointments in the bill, Feldman said, was that the GOP plans punts a tax on so-called Cadillac health plans until 2025.

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