US Rep. Fitzpatrick: 'I can not support' Republican health care plan


Will coverage for pre-existing conditions continue?

The American Health Care Act, which is being debated in Congress, would mean higher prices, less coverage and billions in tax breaks for big drug and insurance companies.

The Joint Committee on Taxation and CBO estimate that the AHCA would reduce federal deficits by almost $340 billion over the next 10 years, with the bulk of savings attained by reducing Medicaid expenditures and eliminating subsidies for nongroup health insurance.

Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are getting lots of media attention.

Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz, a former Republican presidential candidate, told CBS News that Obamacare has increased the healthcare insurance significantly and has become unaffordable for the common man.

"We gotta take care of people that can't take care of themselves", he said in a CNN Town Hall past year. Those credits don't come close to paying for insurance, however.

The restructuring of the refundable tax credits will also make it tougher for lower-income people - particularly older folks and those who live in high-cost areas, such as rural America, to afford policies in the individual market. Buyers older than 60 would receive $4,000 - much less than many received under Obamacare. Under the ACA, subsidies are adjusted based on the customer's income and the cost of a plan. Let's send a delegation of Democrats and Republicans that include members with medical and legal backgrounds to Canada and European countries that have Single Payer Universal Health Care Systems that cover all citizens. The uninsured rate for Americans under age 65 fell to a historic low of 10.3% for the first nine months of 2016.

But a middle-income family of four and a middle-income 60-year old would come out worse. As originally presented, the GOP's American Health Care Act would have hit older and low-income people especially hard.

Health is fleeting, even for the young. "Which is why it's this three-phase or three-part or three-legs-of-a-stool plan".

The president's proposed $1.1 trillion budget would funnel increases to military and national security spending, while reducing budgets for many domestic programs, including health care, public transportation and the arts.

Tyson works at the Right Place, a local nonprofit that helps the homeless. "And these are the people who are going to go and get emergency care, and then insurance companies will just have to swallow the costs". Instead, people would face a 30% surcharge on top of their premiums for their next year of insurance, if they go without health insurance for 63 days.

Debbie Cox, 64, of Golden Springs is already convinced her health plan is going away.

"I understand and appreciate the concerns some people have expressed", Brooks said.

Cox is disabled and survives mainly on Social Security.

Premiums under Obamacare, meanwhile, soared an average of 22% this year for the benchmark silver plan.

"The block grant is very important because I want the states to get the money and to run the program if they want to run it, because they can run it better than the federal government", he said in front of reporters.

Will I have to pay for benefits I don't need?

"Also on this plan, if I'm airlifted, it's 100 percent paid for and an emergency room visit is 100 percent paid", Cox said.

The Republican plan says you do not have to buy insurance.

"As a former ER doctor, I can tell you that's a awful way to get care", Berman said.