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Secret Republican Senate Talks Shaping Health Care Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell flanked by Sen. John Barrasso R-Wyo. left and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas right are three of the 13 senators in the health care working group Senators get pressure on Obamacare replacement effort from seniors and doctors
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:43

Public health researchers are still trying to understand the effects of the Affordable Care Act even as the Republican-controlled Congress and White House plot how to dismantle the law, also known as Obamacare.

As HR Morning reported previously, the House narrowly passed its ACA repeal - The American Health Care Act (AHCA). Under the replacement, AHCA, many of their insurance premiums will once again be unaffordable.

"These changes would hurt a lot of people", said Brian Rosman, policy director at the Boston-based nonprofit Health Care for All.

"Access to affordable, quality health care is absolutely vital".

The House bill does not do that, said the AARP, calling it a "deeply flawed" and "harmful bill for older Americans", particularly since it would allow insurers to charge people age 50 to 64 five times the premium prices charged younger customers. "Once you land on sort of the first iteration of health care, it's not going to be ideal".

Simpson said he wants to see reforms, such as making health-insurance premiums tax-deductible for individuals.

Low-income people who bought health plans through an insurance exchange can also get federal subsidies to help with out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles.

According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), "The Republicans have literally locked the Democrats out of the negotiations over the Senate health care bill".

Trump just gives to the like-minded greedy, corrupt and uncaring insurance companies.

"We do not support changes to the health care system that would result in health care coverage being beyond the reach of those who are now covered, that would weaken the health care safety net, or that would compromise the ability of physicians to provide care for our patients", Madara wrote.

The bill has $130 million set aside for the risk pools, and other $8 million in an amendment to cover people who let their coverage lapse, resulting in a 30 percent surcharge on their premiums for one year. But some people with individual coverage worry about the proposed changes, including Rachael Rice, a self-employed 28-year-old Mount Washington consultant for people who have dementia.

Additionally, KFF estimates 3.8 million adults with individual market insurance in 2015, or 25 percent of all adult enrollees, had a declinable pre-existing condition and would not face premium surcharges under the AHCA community rating waivers if they maintain continuous coverage.