Access to affordable health care is essential

Access to affordable health care is essential

Susan Collins of ME said she and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would unveil the "Patient Freedom Act of 2017" as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "A Medicaid block grant program would institute deep cuts to federal funding. and threaten benefits for tens of millions of low-income families", said Edwin Park, vice president for Health Policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, in a report on the group's website. States could decide not to manage their default plans, in which case the federal government would take responsibility.

"States should have the right to choose", Cassidy said at a news conference Monday. Also, they often pay little or no income tax, so such an account doesn't give them a boost.

The Cassidy-Collins plan comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing federal agencies to dismantle the ACA. The study worked on the premise that Congress would instead enact a reconciliation bill that Republicans legislators passed in early 2016, but was subsequently vetoed by Obama.

Collins called the executive order "very confusing" and hard to interpret.

Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be HHS Secretary, and Price is scheduled to appear before the Senate Committee on Finance on Tuesday, January 24.

Choose a new state alternative. (You may have seen the news over the weekend that healthcare is not, in fact, listed on The White House as a top issue but that President Trump has signed an executive order to begin dismantling the ACA.) What we have to go on are the number of other GOP plans that he's endorsed in some way or another. These include the tax on health insurers and taxes on pharmaceutical companies. As outlined by Cassidy, under the proposed legislation, 2 percent of the funding that states receive could be used for population health initiatives. "If you get laid off or lose your job and do have a coverage gap, they would be able to deny you, they would be able to charge more and put limits on your insurance", says Cynthia Cox, associate director of KFF.

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It seems that Congressional leaders are set on repealing the ACA, but with no replacement plan in place, millions of children could be left vulnerable.

A replacement for Obamacare would require 60 votes in Senate, which means some Democrats would have to get on board. The sale of insurance across state lines is allowed under the ACA, according to Mr. Jost's blog, so it is likely we will see this change. "They could make our nation sicker and poorer and even more fractured", Constantine said.

Collins added, "I believe there has been a sea change in attitudes on how we should approach this dilemma". And Congress just approved legislation paving the way for passage of a repeal.

"There is a lot of anxiety being created over the debate to repeal and replace" what's more commonly known as "Obamacare", Reed said.

During the press conference, Cassidy also said the proposed bill could potentially cover more people than the ACA, including the approximately 30 million Americans who now don't have insurance, although he acknowledged that the bill had not been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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