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Toomey says GOP striving for middle ground on Medicare expansion

19 May 2017

Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act stalled when the GOP's bill died in March without a vote after different factions of the Republican Party couldn't agree on the bill. And under the AHCA, pre-existing conditions can result in denial of coverage, significantly higher premiums or a coverage rider excluding coverage for that particular condition.

A new study by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation reveals just how devastating the American Health Care Act will be to individuals with pre-existing conditions. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 presidential candidate, have long favored a single-payer system like Medicare for all to replace private health insurance. It finds that an estimated 3.8 million adults, or about 25 percent of all adult enrollees in the 2015 individual insurance market, had a pre-existing condition that could subject them to higher premiums under an AHCA community rating waiver if they don't maintain continuous coverage.

The state's health insurers are submitting their proposed rate hikes for the individual market - and an expert predicts a significant increase. The plan also frees employers from paying expensive premiums as well as having to deal with health plan administration.

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Cost and quality of care also improved Kentucky and Arkanasa, where patients were 41 percent more likely to have a regular source of care, spent $337 less out of pocket annually, and were almost 23 percent more likely to rate themselves as being in "excellent" health. "I'm healthy. This doesn't affect me". We know investing in children's health now can yield benefits over a lifetime. He said the bill would require $226 billion in tax increases, quadrupling the state tax burden.

She believes many states will want to keep essential benefits and pre-existing condition coverage, and opt against getting a waiver.

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"I think you can make a reasonable case that there ought to be a transition", Toomey said.

The following year I saw a decrease in quality of care due to the dramatic changes in insurance plans as insurance companies created ways to maximize profits. It will impact you.

The AHCA is about cutting taxes for the wealthy and supporting big insurance companies on the backs of those who are sick.

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Legislators opposed to passage of the AHCA say it would leave millions of beneficiaries without health coverage. Republicans had tried to get a similar bill passed earlier this year, but the language of the bill split the party in half, with hyper-conservatives (Freedom Caucus) and moderate conservatives at odds.

Toomey says GOP striving for middle ground on Medicare expansion