How to fight the GOP’s healthcare law and stop the GOP from repealing Obamacare
— Republicans in the House of Representatives are moving to strip President Donald Trump’s health care law of a key provision, an effort that could allow states to bypass the individual mandate and allow states with deep Medicaid deficits to use the money to help fund their own health care.
Democrats say Republicans are trying to roll back protections against pre-existing conditions that Trump’s signature health care bill has made a cornerstone of his agenda.
But Republicans are pushing a compromise that includes a requirement that insurers cover essential health benefits like mental health, substance abuse treatment and maternity care, and also a provision that allows insurers to offer lower premiums to older people.
The plan, first reported by The Hill on Thursday, would repeal parts of the law that would allow states that opt to expand Medicaid to expand the program to waive a requirement for insurers to cover those essential health needs.
The federal government would pay for the additional funding.
Democrats said the bill is “not an actual repeal, but rather a watered down version of the pre-Trump health care plan that was passed with the goal of weakening Trump’s healthcare bill.”
Democrats are concerned that the bill could allow insurers to discriminate against younger people, and they say Republicans could use the waiver to let them keep some of the protections that Republicans would end.
Republicans and the administration are negotiating on a new version of health care that would still leave the individual and employer mandates in place, and there is a chance that the compromise could come out later this week.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that she’s willing to negotiate, but she is concerned that it will leave people who are sick and vulnerable with less money to cover their medical needs.
Democrats have been calling for a delay in the vote until a full House vote on the health care legislation can be scheduled.
They say they are worried that Republicans could attempt to roll the bill back before it’s fully debated.
“The Republicans don’t want a vote,” Pelosi said.
“They want to have the vote now.
They want to get a vote before we can actually talk about this bill.””
It is clear that they want to keep it as is,” Pelosi added.”
They have not made any effort to negotiate,” said Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
“The House Republicans are in charge, they are trying not to have a discussion.
They don’t even want to make a decision.
They are just waiting for the vote.””
This is a big mistake for Republicans to make, because the people who need coverage most have been waiting for this vote to happen,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D (Md.).
The health care debate has been heating up ahead of the expected vote.
The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that if Republicans pass the legislation, it would lead to more than 17 million Americans losing health insurance by 2026.
The CBO predicts that 10 million people would gain coverage over the next decade, while the number of Americans without health insurance would increase to nearly 11 million by 2034.
The House has voted on a bill to repeal Obamacare more than 20 times in the last seven years.
The latest effort fell short of the 218 votes needed to move forward, but Republicans say the delay was in the best interest of the country.
“I think the public has gotten to the point where they want a debate on health care,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Friday.
“I think they want it now.
I think the American people have got to have that debate.”
Democrats have argued that they should be allowed to use any money from the waiver in the first 100 days of next year’s budget reconciliation process, but GOP lawmakers have insisted that they must pass the bill before they can use that money.
The AHCA would raise the federal deficit by $1.4 trillion over 10 years if it becomes law, but the Congressional Budget Ombudsperson said Thursday that that figure would be understated because the cost of the bill’s individual provisions will likely remain roughly the same.