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Texans deserve better than the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Texans deserve better than the Better Care Reconciliation Act”

Close the Gap Idaho, a broad coalition of health care providers, charities, advocates and others, has released a statement strongly opposing the new Senate GOP health care bill unveiled this week, the Better Care Reconciliation Act or BCRA.

Kasich consultant John Weaver took to Twitter to urge Pence to "stop spreading Fake News to further dishonest sales pitch on health care bill which hurts millions!" Changes to Medicaid are of particular interest to demonstrators.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, another Republican who has opposed the Medicaid cuts, said he is likewise studying the bill and awaiting the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the cost and how many Americans it would leave uninsured. And all of this would happening against a backdrop of deep cuts to Medicaid, as the federal government yanked back the money that's made it possible for 31 states and the District of Columbia to widen eligibility for the program.

The proposed ACA repeal bill would shift Medicaid funding into a per-capita cap program in 2020 and link the Medicaid growth rate to standard inflation, rather than medical inflation, beginning in 2025. One is the $70 billion in federal subsidies to help cover the expense of the pool of sick people. Although the media and the political left will certainly seize on it, the CBO's estimates will be little more than fake news. It retains significant cuts to Medicaid and keeps two separate Obama-era taxes on the wealthy.

Fifteen states would see their federal Medicaid funding slashed by more than 35 percent.

Changes to pre-existing condition protections remain a big source of contention and could lead to more people being underinsured. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, declared that they would not support the legislation.

In doing away with the ACA's individual mandate, the GOP recognized that it would create an incentive for healthy people to avoid purchasing coverage until they were sick. That could push health-care costs higher in the employer market.

The updated BCRA would, for the first time, allow premium tax credits to be used to purchase catastrophic health plans. Who are they? The Republican leaders want this bill to go through just as it is, except for people like U.S. Sen. "Health is too critical to be allowed to be a partisan issue", she said, adding that CHA "stands ready to work with all members of Congress to achieve this".

A few days later, a revised bill hit her desk. So let's say that all added up to around $250 billion from HHS over 10 years to help states protect both those who are now on Medicaid or have a pre-existing condition and need to secure individual market insurance. Good healthcare is not even a talking point for Republicans.

For the coming year, officials in several states have anxious that they might have areas without any insurers willing to sell plans on their exchanges.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Susan Collins of ME have all said they would vote "no" on a motion that would have kicked off McConnell's plan to vote on a straight repeal of Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Redouble efforts to reduce costs by improving revenue cycle performance and focusing on both near-term savings and long-term cost restructuring.



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