Those with pre-existing conditions discuss health-care bill

  • Those with pre-existing conditions discuss health-care bill

Those with pre-existing conditions discuss health-care bill

Fresh off his health care victory in the House, President Donald Trump says he's optimistic that the bill will successfully pass in the Senate as well. Mr. Trump has earlier been a supporter of a universal health care system modelled after Australia and Canada, but has never put out any detailed plans.

Critics hope the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrower majority, will make significant changes.

Republicans were chafing to get rid of former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) before it even came into place in 2010.

Yet now that the Republicans control Congress, they haven't learned from this history at all.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, also released a statement saying the bill "continues to be of deep concern to our administration".

The bill passed Thursday in the U.S. House despite criticism from Democrats, who said it would prevent millions of Americans from getting health care. The proposals could, however, exclude 24 million people from insurance coverage over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated. And with the Senate planning to author its own bill, there's no guarantee what they ultimately pass will be called the AHCA anymore, nor how much it'll resemble the original bill.

Trump: Those who are uninsured for more than 63 days must pay 30 per cent more on their insurance premiums for one year.

Kasich cited the importance of coverage for individuals "dealing with mental illness, addiction and chronic illness" and said he was "hopeful" that the Senate would revise the bill. The end result could look quite different from what narrowly cleared the House of Representatives Thursday. Senators represent entire states, and many tend to reflect more pragmatic views than their House colleagues. To be fair, he also went on to say that it would be a "private plan" and that everybody "can have everything", which belies any understanding of how the insurance market works.

"Let me state it one more time: We will replace (Obamacare) with a system that protects pre-existing conditions", McCarthy said on the House floor before Thursday's vote.

Although they covered 226,000 people in 35 states before the ACA was adopted, the risk pools were largely a failure, suffering from poor funding.

Insurers have generally considered conditions treated within three months of the start of coverage to be pre-existing, health care industry consultant Robert Laszewski said. More than 2.2 million Americans have some type of pre-existing condition, and $23 billion would provide coverage for only 110,000 of them.

"They're having a big beer party celebrating what they did", Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, told CNN Friday.

Other senators are also seeking changes.

No analysis was done by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before the vote so that lawmakers - and the public - would know its effects on USA health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, it wouldn't matter. This means that there will be less money available to finance any health insurance coverage provisions in the bill. "They are taking something away".