Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

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U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has the right idea. That's led some conservatives to deride the new bill as "Obamacare-lite" or "Obamacare 2.0".

Moreover, these tax credits would go to all individuals without regard to need (except for high-income individuals.) If the goal of these tax credits is to ensure that all Americans have access to health care, wouldn't it make more sense to channel this assistance to families with greater financial needs?

McConnell defended the speed with which the legislation is moving through Congress.

He said GOP lawmakers were introducing amendments to the bill to provide more tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor. Repealing and replacing Obamacare will not be an event, it will be a process. That is a discussion I believe we must have before we proceed towards social medicine in the USA.

The state's annual health care spending now exceeds $50 billion, and Cuomo's next budget totals more than $152 billion.

The enrollment numbers also show fewer Americans selected an Obamacare plan this year than last.

Currently, 97 percent of NY children have health insurance, the highest level in state history, Anderson said.

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In its current state, there are a number of significant changes between the current legislation and the proposed law. Also, children are allowed to stay on their parents insurance until they are twenty-six years old. We put some of your questions from our Twitter chat (#ACAchat) earlier this month to Alison Kodjak, NPR health policy correspondent, and Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Whatever replaces the ACA, he said, "it must be affordable". Emergency rooms would be used as primary health-care providers, and that will create greater debt for those people.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its final enrollment report on Wednesday, showing how many individuals signed up for Obamacare coverage between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.

Obamacare was doomed from its very inception. It's true that it gave health insurance to some people who previously didn't have access, but at a tremendous cost to tens of millions of Americans. They won't do it unless we tell them loud and clear. That proved to be untrue.

So now that the Republicans have taken possession of health care - with their majority margins in the House and Senate and their wayward leader Donald Trump in the White House - people are insisting that they claim full ownership of the replacement measure.

In the next week, I'll have the chance to evaluate and consider this legislation when it will be heard by the Budget Committee on which I serve.

But now even some Democrats are admitting Obamacare has got serious problems.

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