States Make Move in Fight Over Health Care Reform


No. While some criticize members of Congress for being out of touch, the 2010 law was specifically written to include them.

Their greatest concern is the House proposal to cap Medicaid funding - an entitlement the federal government and states have shared for more than 50 years - based on past spending that could lock Virginia into lower reimbursements than other states, especially those that expanded eligibility for their programs under the Affordable Care Act and raised their baseline Medicaid spending.

Just how many people might be subject to the change remains to be seen.

The same argument emerged as the House worked to rewrite the law this year.

Most of the two dozen Republicans targeted in the campaign either barely won in the 2016 election or represent districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton or narrowly won by President Donald Trump in the presidential election. That bill was passed separately from the main legislation and sponsored by Republican Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona, who said "anything short of that is hypocrisy".

"Access to affordable, quality health care is absolutely vital". "The more you hear about it, the more frightening it gets", Appropriations Director Robert P. Vaughn said. In Nebraska, Medica will remain as the sole exchange-participating insurer, but Medica's continued participation is not guaranteed; the company has previously hinted that may exit the exchange in Iowa, where it is the only insurer participating in the exchange.

And unlike some areas where insurers are pulling out, the DC plan has a lot of options. The bill's centerpiece is the gutting of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, and its effective termination as an entitlement program. The "tens of billions of dollars" for preexisting conditions refer to the "high-risk pools" states could set up under the AHCA to offset insurance costs for people with preexisting conditions. Some use their spouse's insurance, or insurance held over from a previous job. The bill describes these unnamed prohibited entities as any "essential community provider" that's "primarily engaged in family planning services, reproductive health, and related medical care" and "provides for abortions" not resultant of rape or incest.

In a letter I wrote to Congress in January, I said, "You won't find a bigger supporter of a prompt and speedy reform of the ACA than the Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota; however, I also understand the reality Congress is facing". "And so what we're doing is a rescue operation, which is getting rid of this law, which is collapsing".

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Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told reporters.

Toomey and Portman have been tasked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to come up with a middle ground solution that will gain support from moderate and conservative lawmakers.

"Obamacare was based on a one-size-fits-all approach that put bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health care", Bost said.

"Sabotage is the operative word", said Sen. "The fact is, this is working".

Early talks suggest Republicans are optimistic they can ultimately pass a bill by the August recess.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was treated for breast cancer past year.

As a general rule, younger people would save money under the plan, while older people would pay more.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said she's not expecting price shock in her state, but she's convinced the Trump administration isn't helping. The D.C. exchange offers national plans.