The states: The first waiver under the AHCA is that states will be given the power to modify the current federal definition of an "essential health benefit" in their own states, including the current list of health services and screening tests employer benefits must offer and insurers must cover in most circumstances. But many GOP lawmakers still want to talk just about premiums.
Now that the Republican-controlled House has passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that allows states to terminate numerous ACA protections, such as pre-existing conditions and basic medical care, the country has a new death panel - the Republican politicians. Even more Democrats (78 percent) favored Obamacare. One out of seven Americans predicted that they would lose their health insurance coverage under the Republican health care plan.
"People who are less healthy [including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions] would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive. health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all", said the CBO report. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, said they don't want to see that happen. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.
To learn more about short-term health insurance, visit AgileHealthInsurance's Learning Center at www.AgileHealthInsurance.com. And a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank, shows just how hard is has become for Republicans to try to pass a healthcare overhaul. NPR's Alison Kodjak highlights the political danger for Republicans. Roughly half of those polled believe that the new legislation would not change their ability to get health insurance or the quality of care.
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The public has always been uneasy about changes proposed in the Republican plan, especially in the treatment of pre-existing conditions.
Theresa Treece is among those anxious that she'd have to shell out more for health care under the GOP bill.
KODJAK: Now it's nearly half.
The poll is full of bad news for Republicans as it relates to their ongoing attempts to overhaul the country's healthcare system.
KODJAK: Antos is a health policy researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
The AHCA bill allows states to waive the requirement that health insurance premiums for older enrollees be no more than three times the premiums for younger ones.
These numbers suggest that Republicans' fate in the 2018 midterms could well depend on what Senate GOPers do with the healthcare legislation.