Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

Darin HammondMar 24, 2017

Under that mechanism, federal funding will grow more slowly over time than Kentucky's overall Medicaid costs.

The AHCA still requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

If the Republican-backed Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) is passed, millions of Americans now enrolled in Obamacare would lose their insurance and see fewer benefits and higher costs, especially if you are poor and working class.

President Trump has promised his supporters publicly many times that he will replace Obamacare with "something better that costs less, for everyone". "We want Upton to represent his constituents, and tell the administration what we want".

For Tracy Hayes of Norfolk, who relies on her wife's health insurance, there will be a lot of questions if the American Health Care Act is approved.

Jones says he believes there is enough opposition to stop the bill. Under that plan, I never would have been able to pay my medical bills.

Many, many people need insurance through the Affordable Care Act to pay for medications, procedures and tests that keep them alive every day.

Moore said Issa's focus is "on reducing the cost of health care and pushing real reforms to give Americans access to better health insurance".

Furthermore, when faced with spending their own money on health care, many people just get less care across the board, whether that means appropriately turning down unneeded tests or inappropriately skipping routine appointments for diabetes or heart disease.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended the move, saying that "people are paying for benefits that neither they, their spouse, their family needs". On Wednesday, he said he would work on it either in the health care bill or separately, but "we're going to bid down drug prices, and we're going to try to have the lowest prices anywhere in the world from really the highest". It was about whether we look out for one another, as neighbors, and fellow citizens, who care about each other's success. The CBO also reports the national debt could drop by more than 337 billion as a result.

It's going to take constant engagement to protect our care. It could erode gains made under the current health care law, which cut in half the number of older Americans without insurance.

Speaks says that the plan she gets under the Affordable Care Act has allowed her to purchase low-priced insurance at about $100 a month.

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