House narrowly passes American Health Care Act

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To quote the article: "Among the provisions of the proposed bills are protection for people with pre-existing conditions, a ban on lifetime and annual health care caps, required coverage for various preventive health services at no cost to the patient, and coverage of certain essential health benefits".

As the House learned, protecting the 2.2 million people in the individual insurance market with pre-existing conditions is an incredibly tough issue to resolve.

"It's not just the insurance companies-look at the healthcare system, the inefficiencies that exist in hospitals...with doctors...with medical devices...in the pharmaceutical industry", said Larson, adding that the USA has the highest cost for health insurance worldwide. No one wants to return to the days when a child was denied care because of a preexisting condition when a woman was charged more than a man for the same health care plan when you needed care the most and found you were capped at your lifetime limit.

As it turns out, the Congressional Budget Office still expects the deficit to come down as a result of the legislation ― although whether the entire bill can get through reconciliation will ultimately depend on rulings from the Senate parliamentarian, who has yet to make a formal pronouncement on the legislation.

Ross Brooks, chief executive of Mountain Family Health Centers, said Medicaid Prime, now at work in six Colorado counties, has been especially important for middle-class and low-income workers in the state's expensive resort communities. After President Donald Trump was elected, the House asked for a temporary suspension on the case to give the president time to formulate a decision on the matter.

That could hit hospitals hard, since presumably numerous people who would go to hospitals for care not covered by their insurance would be unable to pay for it out of their own pockets, leaving hospitals to pick up the tab.

Medicaid is the primary federal funding source for health care to low-income people with disabilities.

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Burr added that if there is no response from Flynn, the committee may consider pursuing a contempt of Congress charge. The Senate committee responded with two additional subpoenas on Tuesday targeting Flynn's businesses .

But to finance the coverage expansion, the Affordable Care Act raised taxes, predominantly on health care companies and the very wealthy. Obamacare forces them to provide real coverage.

Some of these people have decided not to get insurance altogether, making it harder for insurers to balance their books ― to the point where many insurers have jacked up rates considerably or abandoned some local markets altogether.

The Republican [health care] proposal says people who don't maintain continuous coverage would have to pay extra for their insurance.

Looking ahead, Larson said the Senate is not likely to take up the House GOP's healthcare bill.

As a way to fight for the millions of Americans who would lose health insurance without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra this week announced legal action against the Trump administration to help save the landmark health care bill. Nevertheless, the Senate GOP is on track to put together legislation of their own that would massively cut back the Medicaid program and provide far less help for those who buy private insurance.

Since the presidential campaign, Trump has called Obamacare a "disaster" and has vowed to repeal and replace the landmark health care act.

Let them have what they voted for.

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