House Republicans passed the AHCA today. In its current form before it reaches the senate, here’s what it would do:
The legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid to poor adults and drastically cut federal funding for Medicaid overall, jeopardizing coverage for children, people with disabilities and elderly people in nursing homes. The bill also would allow states to permit health insurers to go back to turning away customers because of their health status and medical histories, or charging them higher rates.
The American Health Care Act is also a vehicle for almost $600 billion in tax cuts for wealthy people and health care corporations.
It would roll back state-by-state expansions of Medicaid, which covered millions of low-income Americans.
In place of government-subsidized insurance policies offered exclusively on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, the bill would offer tax credits of $2,000 to $4,000 a year, depending mainly on age. A family could receive up to $14,000 a year in credits…
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the first version of the bill would trim the federal budget deficit considerably but would also leave 24 million more Americans without health insurance after a decade. Insurance premiums would spike next year before settling lower after a decade.
When asked whether Republican congressmen had actually read the bill, this was their response:
And it looks like House Republicans are hoping that it gets rewritten in the senate—as far as they’re concerned, they did their job. If the senate scraps the bill and starts over, they can claim they were sabotaged by their own party—or, more realistically, shift the blame to Democrats. In fact, that the bill we be completely rewritten looks likely:
The Republican plan to overhaul the US healthcare system might be about to look very different.
Republican senators signaled they plan to almost completely gut the American Health Care Act and rewrite their own version of the bill after the AHCA passed the House on Thursday, a sign the fight over repealing and replacing Obamacare is far from over…
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told the Examiner it didn’t matter if the House passed their own bill or not.
“It was kind of a moot issue if the House wasn’t going to be able to pass a bill and now they have, and I’m proud of them for doing it,” Cornyn said. “Now it’s up to us to pass a bill 51 senators can agree to.”
Meaning House Republicans voted to pass a bill that by all indications would have devastating effects on the American health care and health insurance systems without even knowing what was in it, and put their money on the senate doing the dirty work.
Make no mistake. They bet your life. And you lost.