Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill

Posted June 04, 2017

Most Americans hold an unfavorable view of the House-passed health-care bill and want the Senate to change it substantially or block it entirely, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

Not helping matters: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office last week released a report showing the House bill would leave 23 million more Americans without coverage by 2026 and send premiums soaring for many older Americans and for consumers with pre-existing conditions.

Nearly half of those polled, 49 percent, say they have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, while only one-third, 31 percent, say the same about the proposed Republican alternative, the American Health Care Act.

In the new survey, 49% of respondents said they had a favorable view of the PPACA, whereas 31% said they favored the GOP's American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House on May 4.

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The division falls along party lines, with 78 percent of Democrats saying they approve of the Affordable Care Act and 67 percent of Republicans favoring the AHCA. For starters, just 8 percent support the Senate passing the House bill "as is", including just 15 percent of Republicans.

The strong support for Medicaid's expansion revealed in the new Kaiser Family Foundation poll raises new questions for Republicans vowing to end the expansion.

The insurance markets will continue to destabilize, leading the state to seek a federal waiver (which will be immediately granted) allowing insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more.

They are a concession to what Johnson calls the "tough political process" facing GOP senators in crafting and passing a bill that significantly rolls back former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, as they and GOP President Donald Trump have vowed to do.

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The AHCA would remove the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance, cut government subsidies for private healthcare and reduce taxes on wealthier Americans. I and many others can not afford a health care savings plan for a high deductible. The best change would be universal single-payer health care because it would be much cheaper and cover all people. Only 28 percent thought it would increase the cost of their own health care, while 21 percent said it would worsen access to health insurance, and 19 percent were concerned about quality.

35 percent of the 1,205 people surveyed between May 16 and 22 felt that the bill fulfilled none of Trump's healthcare promises, while 40 percent said it fulfilled some promises. Meanwhile, 26% want the Senate to make major changes to it, and 24% want at least minor changes.

The bill also creates difficulties for people with preexisting conditions to afford health insurance. It is accurate that the AHCA rolls back Obamacare's massive Medicaid expansion so states can focus resources on those who truly can't help themselves, like children with special needs, but NOBODY now on Medicaid will be kicked off.

"Any rule that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees is an attempt at allowing religion to be used as a license to discriminate", the ACLU said in a statement.

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