Iowa organizations mount defense against health care overhaul

Mr Trump spent much of Thursday and Friday in the White House seeking to convince wavering Republican senators and congressmen to back a proposed replacement deal for Obamacare published this week which has elicited strong opposition from the conservative wing of the Republican party. That is, they're in a rush to keep a campaign promise.

Those conservatives are pumping the brakes hard on this proposed American Health Care Act.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), one of the most outspoken critics of the bill, told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that the proposal is "in all likelihood unconstitutional". Some provisions of Obamacare are kept: children can stay on their parents' plan until age 26, and coverage for preexisting conditions is maintained.

"To my friends in House: pause, start over". The strategy is to remind members there is no second chance to get this right.

That's always a useful exhortation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has given a PowerPoint presentation and members of two committees have held epic overnight markup sessions as they try to get the House Republican leadership's Obamacare proposal through the House of Representatives and over to the Senate. "This is the moment".

Yes, the plan also would impose a 30 percent surcharge on those who drop their insurance but later want to sign on. Also unclear is where President Trump stands on numerous details.

Trump and fellow Republicans campaigned previous year on a pledge to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare law, the signature domestic policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama, calling it a government overreach that had ruined the more than $3 trillion USA healthcare system. By mandating people buy more comprehensive and expensive health insurance, Democrats increase the size and finances of the insurance pool to cover the costs of expanding health care to the poor and sick.

House Republicans are pushing forward with the proposal even without official estimates from the Congressional Budget Office on the cost of the bill and how many people would be covered, although GOP lawmakers acknowledge they can't hope to match the 20 million people covered under the health law. We wish this bill allowed insurers to sell across state lines. "When a family does not have health care and the services that they need, it creates adversity into the family, which puts kids at much greater risk of experiencing abuse and neglect".

But remember why we're in this situation. "The American people deserve to see what Republicans are trying to do to their health care". It's floundering. Fed-up insurers continue to abandon its markets because they can't make money.

Health care industry organizations nearly immediately attacked the plan, saying it would slash the number of Americans with access to insurance.

Millions of Americans are happy with their coverage.

When a driver goes to buy auto insurance, his driving record, age, sex, type of vehicle and location are all factors in determining his premium. But others can't find affordable coverage that includes their doctors and hospitals.

And Republicans do want to get rid of all those things because they also want to repeal the $600 billion in taxes on wealthy people and health care corporations that help pay for them, and because they philosophically don't think the federal government should be helping people with their medical costs.

  • Tracy Ferguson