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Jones looks to Senate on health bill repeal

Johnnie Parks | 16 May, 2017, 11:43

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bill that will increase health care costs for hundreds of thousands of Montanans and put coverage at risk for many across the state. But this new bill Mr. Faso voted for makes health care much worse on exactly those same points of concern.

- The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the Republican bill would mean that 24 million people would have lost their health insurance coverage by 2026. This week: Congress grapples with Comey fallout Schumer: Block new Federal Bureau of Investigation director until special prosecutor on Russian Federation is appointed MORE (D-N.Y.), the American Medical Association (AMA) pushed back against any "significant changes" to the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid programs. Of those, 43,434 participated through Medicaid expansion.

For instance, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has floated pegging tax credits to help Americans buy health insurance to their income instead of their age like it does in the House version of the bill. The House could no longer modify the bill by so much as one word or the entire program could be filibustered. The House bill is proposing deep cuts in federal Medicaid dollars.

Republicans in Congress, under pressure to fund massive tax cuts and increases in military spending, are looking to slash more than $400 billion from the federal budget next year - and social safety net programs like food stamps and housing assistance are on the butcher's block, Politico reported.

About 2.5 million Texans could lose their insurance coverage if AHCA became law.

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Pregnancy, sexual assault and domestic violence could be considered "pre-existing conditions" that make it hard to keep insurance coverage under the Republican health care bill, according to a number of news articles and social media posts. But under Trumpcare, sick people will be grouped with other sick people in their own high-risk pool - which will result in such high premiums, co-payments and deductibles that many, if not most, won't be able to afford health coverage. University Medical Center - a public hospital in Clark County responsible for caring for people without insurance - is, for the first time in many years, operating in the black. The largest share of Medicaid goes to low-income elderly and disabled people, covering nursing home and home health care.

And these "winners" will inevitably get old and have pre-existing conditions.

With my husband battling cancer for the past two years, I have seen, firsthand, how quickly medical costs can skyrocket. Montanans facing a pre-existing condition would nearly certainly run the risk of losing coverage, as a result of outrageous premium costs.

While the fallout over President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey consumes the news cycle, it has not had an impact on Republicans' health care talks. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

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