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5/4/2017

The House Voting On Health Care Today

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:51 am

[guest post by Dana]

The vote is today, and the White House is feeling “optimistic” about it:

[T]he American Health Care Act would nix the requirement that most Americans purchase insurance, but it would keep in place a provision allowing younger Americans to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

The Republican proposal would repeal the ACA’s tax credits, which are based on income and the cost of health insurance in their local market, and replace those with less generous tax credits based on age.

The most contentious element centers on how to deal with patients that have pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, asthma, or diabetes. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. The GOP bill would weaken that protection by allowing states to seek a waiver for insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums than other consumers.

In an effort to woo moderate Republicans who feared that would put insurance costs out of reach for many sick patients, GOP leaders and the White House agreed to include an extra $8 billion to help patients with existing health problems.

Both Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy say they have the necessary votes. Republicans can only afford to lose 22 votes and still be able to pass the bill.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana


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