Later today U.S. lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on new healthcare legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare as President Trump seeks to re-ignite support for the revised Republican healthcare plan that is expected to face stiff resistance from House Democrats and have a difficult path forward in the U.S. Senate.
Last month, the Republican inspired American Health Care Act failed to receive enough Republican support following a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and it was withdrawn on March 24,2017 before it was brought to the House floor for a vote.
Efforts were made to revise the healthcare legislation and now Republicans in the House of Representatives are feeling more optimistic about their prospects this time around.
Skeptical Republican House groups such the conservative Freedom Caucus, that previously failed to support the American Health Care Act in March, are currently expressing more support for the new Republican healthcare legislation that chips away at Medicaid funding, sets limits around Medicaid expansion, and ends the individual mandate of Obamacare, requiring Americans to purchase healthcare insurance.
Another important area of concern revolves around the question about whether the revised Republican healthcare legislation will take away the protections for people suffering from pre-existing medical conditions and the requirement that insurance companies will have to provide adequate medical coverage without changing the cost structure and quality of care.
Democrats have criticized the new Republican healthcare legislation for weakening the pre-existing medical condition clause and changing the cost structure because it places this vulnerable group in high risk pools where they face high costs and restricted care.
The new MacArthur-Meadows Amendment built into the revised Republican healthcare legislation allows states to discriminate based on medical history without lowering the high cost of health care for millions of Americans.
There are also concerns that the new healthcare legislation being voted on today is being rushed through for a quick vote before the Congressional Budget Officer analyzes the comprehensive impact of the healthcare legislation and offers a new score.
During the CBO’s March 23rd last score of the American Healthcare Act, the CBO reported that in 2018, 14 million more Americans would be uninsured under the proposed Republican legislation and it would reach to 21 million in 2020 and 24 million in 2026.
In 2026, an estimated 52 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under the current health care model.
There would also be an increase in average premiums in the nongroup market before 2020.
Here is a statement from House Leader Nancy Pelosi on the scheduled “Trumpcare” legislation that is being voted on today in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi warns Republicans in her tweet, Every Republican who votes for #Trumpcare will have it tattooed on their forehead. They will be held accountable
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 3, 2017
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