Illinois Could Be Loser in Republican Healthcare Plan

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-Texas opposes the Republican health care bill during work by the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017

Meanwhile, taxes on the richest 5 percent of Americans would fall considerably, according to the CBO analysis.

Nowhere is that clearer than in healthcare. By abandoning his promise, Trump has reinforced the impression that he doesn't really care about policy at all.

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP rep: "Not true" all conservatives back health plan Rep. Steve King: GOP colleagues "patting me on the back" after controversy Ryan-aligned group targets conservatives with robocalls MORE (R-Mich.) says that not all conservatives are warming to the GOP House leadership's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare. And that would be just a drop in a bucket for a state as big as Texas. Working-class counties that responded to his campaign would get hammered under the Republican plan. But the bill released last week is a bleak betrayal of those promises.

Debate in Congress about the fate of Obamacare should begin with this truth: The Affordable Care Act in its current form is disintegrating, and without a substantive fix Americans across the economic spectrum will either lose their health insurance or be priced out of using their policies.

Finally, the concept that people need more choice when it comes to health insurance is also misleading.

"I think there is an understanding that people have some real concerns, not with the whole bill, not with the idea that Obamacare should stay in place, but with the intent to give people the best health-care that we can with ideas from both sides", he said.

All of the proposals that are there to repeal the ACA and replace it would leave tens of millions without coverage and be too expensive for those who could least afford it.

Tax cuts included in this bill could reach $600 billion. 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.

Lower prices, the Republicans claim, will come with increased competition.

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Also, the GOP plan jettisons an additional set of subsidies that help reduce deductibles and co-pays for enrollees who make less than $30,000 a year. A 64-year-old earning $27,000 per year pays $1,700 in premiums annually under "Obamacare". Under the GOP bill, states that expanded Medicaid would get more money.

Our children, however, are not receiving this level of reassurance. That's according to the the state's healthcare agency, and IL hospital groups.

The ACA needed to be fixed, like every piece of complex legislation.

"I know a lot of people who suffered through Obamacare, situations where they could get their medicines", she said.

GOP Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli called the ACA flawed and failed and wants to see an improved Medicaid. Lives literally depend on it.

Republicans have majorities in both chambers, and yet this measure does not have the momentum and support it needs to become our nation's new health care plan. The number of overdose deaths has risen each year, to 308 last year.

What will Congress' healthcare plan mean for Arizonans? Tom Carper told an audience at the Dover office of Connections, the state's largest nonprofit provider of drug treatment care.

"Our advocacy is for the doctor-patient relationship and our role in that relationship", said Dr. Paul Mulhausen, the organization's president. Reality is different from reality TV. But a shameful trend is emerging: tax cuts for the wealthy and service cuts for the needy.

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