Tribune Editorial: House health care bill enough to make one sick

  • Tribune Editorial: House health care bill enough to make one sick

Tribune Editorial: House health care bill enough to make one sick

The GOP health bill would eliminate the fines Obama's law imposed on people who don't buy coverage, and erase tax increases in the Affordable Care Act on higher-earning people and the health industry. "Instead of going along with far right congressional Republicans, President Trump should have worked in a bipartisan way to make health care more affordable for middle class families".

"The Senate still has to debate this, and because of the way majorities work in the Senate and because of politics, there's a good chance that a majority of this bill will be rewritten", explained Rai.

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is not seeking re-election next year, warned that the bill "has the potential to severely harm the health and lives of people in south Florida".

Most troubling is that pre-existing conditions have no set parameters, with some insurers considering pre-existing conditions to be acne, anxiety, asthma, depression, sleep apnea, transsexualism and many others.

All told, the GOP bill would cut an estimated $900 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, reducing Medicaid's ranks by 14 million people.

However, he also seemed to make a point of giving the Senate time to make changes, despite Trump's strong desire to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

But while cutting funding for Planned Parenthood is overwhelmingly popular in the House, there are a handful of GOP senators, including Collins and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who have said they are likely to oppose a bill carrying this provision. "It's the least members in both parties owe to the countless Americans who continue to suffer under ObamaCare and the countless more who will be hurt if we don't act".

In this regard, this passage of this Trump-supported bill is similar to the passage of Obamacare, which Democratic leaders rammed through Congress in hyper-partisan fashion without the vote of a single Republican lawmaker. For others, tough votes could make the prospect of retirement more appealing.In light of the vote, we are shifting our ratings in 20 districts, all reflecting enhanced opportunities for Democrats. This is different [than Obamacare]. We have quite a bit of time between now and November of 2018. Poorer people would get less than they do now, while richer people would get more; even Bill Gates would get a tax credit.

GREENFIELD: If we've learned anything from the last election is trying to project a year and a half out is a fool's errand.

The White House is taking a victory lap. But one thing we should remember, or maybe two things, one is any attempt to radically change healthcare comes with a political cost.

Collins has already said she is wary of the House's plan.

"I think the consequences of failure would be catastrophic". Conservatives have always anxious about entitlements. "If somebody just drops out of the insurance market and then wants to come back and get in, we put extra money in place". This really differs from Obamacare, where most of the individual provisions were popular, but not the overall law.

"They're going to have to come up with a bill that meets this 50-vote threshold by pleasing camps that are arguably even more polarized than Republicans in the House of Representative", Hayes said. Jeff Greenfield, thanks so much.