Watchdog: '23 million to lose health coverage under GOP health bill'

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AARP, one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the USA, hasn't budged on health care reform.

As for the House bill: "It's going absolutely nowhere", according to Alderman.

Also, under the AHCA, states could choose to opt-out of the ACA's "essential health benefits" requirement, where insurers must cover certain categories including hospital stays, maternity and newborn care, as well as prescription medications.

Integral Care treats patients regardless of their ability to pay, thanks to grants from the city, county and state.

Kristen Johnson, a spokeswoman for Brooks, said the congresswoman will continue to be adamant about continuing health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to remain on their parents' health insurance policies until the age of 26.

"Under the new law, if it were to pass, people who were in that age group would be able to be charged five times as much for insurance as younger people - in some cases, as much as $7,000 of additional costs to get covered", he adds.

Additionally, the revised AHCA cuts Medicaid spending by $800 billion, causing 14 million fewer people to be enrolled in 10 years. What might be similar is doing away with the Medicaid expansion program.

"I think the CBO score was pretty devastating to their proposal and so whatever justification they're coming up with, it's too late and weak", Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said Thursday.

The old saying about getting what you pay for still applies. Health care is an issue that touches virtually every American.

Acknowledging that it can't pinpoint which states might seek the waiver, CBO analysts project that one-sixth of the USA population reside in states that could choose not to cover essential health services and may opt to charge people with preexising conditions more in in premiums than healthy people.

"The worst news for Republicans in our view is the fact that premiums are projected to increase over the first two years for exchange participants", wrote Miller.

The report found that under the House measure, people in some regions with pre-existing medical conditions or the seriously ill "would ultimately be unable to purchase" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, "if they could purchase at all". Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral. People purchasing such plans would be "insured" in name only. "As a result, the nongroup markets in those states would become unstable for people with higher-than-average expected health care costs". Twenty Republicans didn't support the legislation.

In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly want to keep Obamacare or the core benefits it offers.

They were definitely more interested in just getting it passed, meeting the special demands of their party factions and pleasing their lobbyist with big money.

The ACA made health care coverage accessible and affordable to many Americans.

Whatever protestations the Democrats make of the AHCA, they agree in principle that health care, a social right of the working class, should be subordinated to the profits of the health care industry.

It is urgent that we recognize the severe consequences for seniors if this destructive legislation is implemented.

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