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GOP Health Bill Would Deliver Tax Breaks to Wealthiest

GOP Health Bill Would Deliver Tax Breaks to Wealthiest

Which path we take appears to be in the hands of the Senate.

Daines said for the bill to work for Montanans, it's going to have make health care more affordable. US drug prices are so high that the researchers didn't even factor them into the study, focusing instead on other developed countries.

Most Americans have some form of pre-existing condition, and now, they cannot be denied coverage and can't be charged more.

As outlined by the UMass researchers, a modest 2.3 percent gross receipts tax for SB 562 that exempts the first $2 million in revenue would slash what businesses with less than 10 employees pay now for health benefits by 22 percent, and even large companies with up to 500 workers would spend 6 percent less on health care.

California has promised to be a bulwark against President Trump's agenda, and health care for all is another nod to that effort.

The ACA became commonly known as Obamacare, a term coined by Republican lawmakers who opposed the policy and vowed to repeal it, which they are now doing.

It's unclear whether the Senate will go along with the bill, particularly its cuts to Medicaid.

"I think the public wants to see something happen", Fischer said.




Those implications are also missing from many news stories: There's virtually no reporting on how America lacks a program to pay for long-term care. Let's be clear: supporting the AHCA means supporting the elimination of Medicaid as a federal entitlement program and ripping federal funding from Medicaid expansions. Medicaid hadn't been available to the working poor previously. When gearing up to vote on the AHCA, moderate Senate Republicans should remember that the 60 percent of Americans who agree that the government should provide health coverage to its citizens will also be voting soon. And among Republicans the poll shows 75 percent consider the program important to the state.

As the Senate has quietly been toying with the House's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, a new study, from researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of British Columbia, found evidence that single-payer systems may lead to lower pharmaceutical prices.

This bill, now in the Senate, is opposed by leading medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Currently, a select group of USA senators is meeting in secret - without public hearings, or the opportunity for other senators to weigh in - to roll out a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

SB562 passed the Senate primarily on a party-line vote of 23 to 14. If we believe that all Americans deserve affordable health insurance, then neither the AHCA nor the current form of the ACA is sufficient. Almost 80,000 Montanans have gained access to health care through expansion and our uninsured rate has dropped from a staggering 20 percent in 2013 to 7 percent in 2016. The Portman meeting and likely sit-in, she said, "truly is not a partisan-driven event". Typically when people have no insurance they will delay needed care and require more costly medical interventions as they get sick. Concern about losing health coverage varies with household income, with those at the lowest end of the income scale most concerned.

Releasing their data last week, Close the Gap Idaho said changes in how tax credits would be allocated under the Republican plan would reduce assistance and raise costs for rural residents, especially older Idahoans.Citing another national report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, they listed the example of a 60-year-old Custer County man with an income of $30,000 who would lose almost $5,000 in tax credits and pay $8,650 annually more for cverage, a 350 percent increase. Visits to RiverStone number 71,000 annually. "AARP is taking a strong stand against the American Health Care Act because we want to ensure that the priorities and needs of our more than 370,000 Iowa members and all Americans 50-plus are addressed". Republicans plan to use health savings accounts funded with pretax dollars help healthier Americans cover costs, Daines said.

"People with developmental disabilities, we are having to fight for our lives right now", Alford shared.


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