GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

The good news is that the Senate is highly unlikely to pass the bill.

The Kaiser poll is a stark reflection of those partisan differences. On Thursday, Burr expressed his skepticism during a local TV interview in his home state of North Carolina while Johnson said he wasn't "sure [he] would bet on" a package to repeal and replace the health law.

McConnell last week said he did not know how the Senate would get to 51 votes on healthcare, and suggested moving tax reform legislation could be simpler.

Senate Republicans want to get a vote on a healthcare bill before the monthlong August recess, but the bill is not guaranteed to pass. The CBO report did find that over time premiums would come down under the House bill, even if more people become uninsured. The bill guarantees coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions and prohibits health insurers from charging a patient with pre-existing coverage higher premiums as long as the patient maintains continuous coverage or does not have a gap in insurance coverage for more than two months.

The GOP bill would eliminate former President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion and limit future federal financing for that safety net program.

The AHCA would remove the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance, cut government subsidies for private healthcare and reduce taxes on wealthier Americans.

Despite the claims of proponents, AHCA does not offer real flexibility for states but instead would force them into a fiscal corner with only one way out: severely cut and/or restrict health care coverage, particularly within the Medicaid program, in ways that will ultimately make Iowans less healthy and their hospitals less viable. A review of the CBO's Obamacare projections reveals how flawed their prediction models on health care have been. More than one-third indicated that the GOP bill would make it harder to obtain and keep health insurance, compared with 21% who thought a PPACA repeal would have that outcome. And why didn't he make this proposal before the House narrowly passed its bill? Among Republicans, twice as many say it fulfills none or some of the President's promises (59%) as say it fulfills all or a lot of them (30%).

Only 4 percent said the GOP bill fulfilled all of the president's promises, while another 10 percent said it delivered on most of his promises.

"And in our marketplace in Arizona, one-in-five people covered through the marketplace is a child", she said.

"Although congress says it's about repealing Obamacare, it goes much further", said Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Children Action Alliance. Almost half (45%) of the public now says the replacement bill would result in higher health care costs for their family, compared to about a quarter (28%) who said so in December. More than a third thought the GOP bill would make it harder to get and keep health insurance, compared with 21 percent who thought a repeal would have that outcome.

"In December 2016, after the presidential election but before the release of the Republican plan, less than one-third of the public thought their health care would get worse if the 2010 health care law was repealed".



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