US Continues to Debate: Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

Posted March 21, 2017

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick said in a statement Sunday that he will not support the GOP's American Health Care Act, the bill created to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Ironically, numerous voters who carried Trump to the Presidency stand to lose out from this new health plan, with many low-income Americans potentially losing their healthcare coverage due to the insufficiency of the tax credits under the new plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Republicans' ObamaCare replacement bill remains set for a final vote this week but acknowledged members are still "fine tuning" the measure.

Newly unemployed, this group may also have trouble affording COBRA or a private health insurance policy to maintain coverage. The answer, it turns out, is health insurance. Credits phase out for those earning over $75,000 in annual income or $150,000 for married couples.

In his first visit to Kentucky since his Inauguration, I am proud to welcome President Trump to Louisville to discuss the future of health care. Younger and healthier people can get a free ride until they need care. The American Health Care Act will go to the Rules Committee next week and then to the House floor. And, the level of deductibles that you must meet before insurance kicks in will be up to the insurance companies.

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The change to ease costs for older people who do not yet qualify for Medicare could appease some Republicans but might further alienate hard line conservatives.

People with pre-existing conditions could face massive increases in premiums if they let their coverage lapse. "You know, every bill has winners and losers".

Appearing on the PBS Newshour with Judy Woodruff on Tuesday night, Yoho, the vice-chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he could not support the AHCA as it now is. As the CBPP points out, premiums are generally higher in rural areas due to lower populations, a more limited variety of providers and little competition between insurers. Surely it wasn't for the vast majority of Americans, who will be discouraged from seeking costly care; It wasn't for women, who will lose vital services if Planned Parenthood is defunded; It wasn't even for Republicans, many of whom are coming out in opposition to the poorly considered proposal. Of course, not having health insurance sucks, too. Only New York and Minnesota take advantage of that ACA feature, the end of which accounts for a third of the projected loss in the next four years. We should incentivize personal, portable insurance plans and give Montanans a better ability to keep coverage they like as they change jobs, retire, or start their own businesses.