Lobbying by hospitals, doctors, slows GOP health care drive


As MSNBC medical contributor Dr. John Torres explained in a May 2 interview, given the high number of individuals with a pre-existing condition - almost half of all Americans, and roughly 86 percent of people aged 55 to 64 - average premiums could cost over $25,000 a year.

Adin, along with 10 others from NY who accompanied her to Faso's office, filled out comment cards urging the congressman to vote no.

President Trump is promising great things from this health care bill. Before "Obamacare", uninsured people would put off medical attention until problems could no longer be ignored. Alker said that, depending on what happens in Washington, Arkansas' plan could leave thousands now on the expansion without coverage. Specifically, the bill removes the requirement that the county treasurers must sell the tax liens when taxes have not been paid. Or, like Faso, are on the fence, leaving Republicans still without enough votes to win approval by the House.

It's not just sexual assault that would be considered a preexisting condition under the GOP's plan.

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Other groups are organizing thousands of phone calls and rallies like one Friday in Jeffersonville, Indiana, near the offices of another undecided Republican, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth.

Congress is debating the proposal that now would let some states get a waiver from federal mandates, allowing some insurers to charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions. I would argue that buying health insurance should be done with the same assurance of safety and effectiveness as is the case in buying an airline ticket - given that both involve services and devices that are far too complicated for the average consumer to understand. "I saw patients in my practice who had not been able to get health insurance for five, ten years finally come in and get care because they could finally afford the premiums, or get maternity coverage", said Dr. Horvath-Cosper. There are now more than 70 million Americans on Medicaid, including 12 million who are covered through the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

"My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool", said Brooks. It allows insurance companies to charge them more or not cover them. I would like to see these protections extended to the individual market, so as long as someone maintains continuous coverage, they can not be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

Unfortunately, rather than addressing the aspects of the Affordable Care Act that need to be improved or working out a better plan, Congressional leaders have drafted something that is much worse. Its effects will be so unpopular that it's not clear why Republicans would support it.

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Faso, R-Kinderhook, said the new CBO score was less significant than changes that would likely be made to the bill if it proceeds to the Senate. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner detailed the history of high-risk pools in her "Sounds Like A Good Idea?" video series, noting that empirically, "pools got so expensive for states that they had to impose waiting lists for coverage". And he says that's something the Republican health care bill doesn't do.

Instead, they've doubled-down on their plan to take coverage away from 24 million Americans and give insurance companies permission to discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions.

Notice how the language dances around the issue; it tries to convince the reader that the rest of the bill doesn't exist by presenting an unsupported, overarching narrative.

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