It is a sad fact in today's world that too many of our citizens have developed dependencies that have clouded their judgment.
After the bill's death, both McConnell and President Trump expressed interest in a two-pronged approach that would see the Senate repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement, then develop a new plan during a two-year sunset period.
With the on-again, off-again efforts on Capitol Hill to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act, many are concerned, including Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and those who are getting their coverage through the current federal law. It's also bad news for another 8 million who are opting to pay hefty penalties rather than buy those unaffordable plans.
They're not alone. "Our fight is not over yet". State and federal leaders agreed that lawmakers should not enact harmful legislation like the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) but instead work to protect Vermont's achievements over the years that lead the nation in providing high-quality health care for all.
Of course, as you undoubtedly recognize, the Republican market-based plan is at the core of the Affordable Care Act.
With the prospects of an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act apparently dead, Robert Dean, a Fort Worth, Texas, web consultant, said Tuesday he's "stuck in a broken system".
"With all of this uncertainty, insurers don't really know how to price premiums", said Susan Todd, executive director for 504HealthNet, a health policy and advocacy organization.
"It's not so much a victory as it is a reprieve", she says.
Compared to the full repeal bill, which causes 32 million people to lose insurance, the Senate TrumpCare bill "only" causes 22 million people to lose insurance. He was one of two senators who said Monday he wouldn't support his party's health care overhaul plan.
"If you just say, 'give us a couple years to work this through and we'll figure it out, ' I don't think that's an acceptable answer to provide to them", Murkowski said.
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The state has calculated that the Republican proposal would have cut its revenues from Medicaid by $3.1 billion and ended the expansion that has insured more than 34,000 Alaskans.
But his office issued a statement statement earlier this week that said Flake would vote for repeal, as he did in 2015 before that measure was vetoed by Obama.
The move is being called by some "the revenge of the GOP women". That's going to mean expending resources and compromising on all sides. It involves setting up complicated contracts with doctors and hospitals so customers will have access to their insured care. "History will look back on this moment and harshly judge this Congress for not beginning the process of replacing Obamacare and for failing to put Medicaid on a sustainable trajectory when we had the opportunity to do so". The program helps lower-income, older and disabled people, with positive results for beneficiaries and the economy. Real people will be hurt and killed by this action. It reduces uncompensated care at hospitals, and the people who receive treatment are healthier and more productive. Fortunately, Sens. Leahy and Sanders, as well as Congressman Welch, all recognize the devastating impacts of this flawed legislation and have spoken out against it. We applaud their commitment to protecting Vermonters and working to defeat a bill that will only bring higher costs, less coverage and a massive budget shortfall.