Residents fear losing insurance under GOP health plan

Last week, House Republicans unveiled the "American Health Care Act", their proposal to meet GOP lawmakers' campaign promises of repealing and replacing the seven-year-old Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week, he praised the Republican alternative, saying, "It provides tax credits to people to purchase the care that is rightfully theirs". "And these are the people who are going to go and get emergency care, and then insurance companies will just have to swallow the costs".

The president's proposed $1.1 trillion budget would funnel increases to military and national security spending, while reducing budgets for many domestic programs, including health care, public transportation and the arts. As interesting and promising as this sounds, the truth is that now only three states allow for the purchase of health insurance across state lines and not a single competitor has entered a new market.

The United States can become "greater". If you agree, please tell your elected representatives to vote a resounding "no" on the American Health Care Act.

And for those wealthy individuals and corporate interests grasping their entitlements, please keep your hands in your own pockets and let all of us have good and affordable health care. The legislation could price more than 3 million Americans, 50 to 64 years old, out of health insurance. The ACA targets others who do not make enough money to afford decent health care insurance.

Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed amount of federal funding each year, regardless of how many participants are in the program.

President Trump sat down Wednesday for an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, and Carlson asked him to respond to criticisms that the Republican health care plan favors the healthy and hurts most of the voters who supported his election.

The legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, is now being reworked to give states more flexibility under Medicaid and to help older Americans afford coverage on the individual market.

"What we're saying is that now there are slightly more than 2 million kids covered by Medicaid and CHIP in NY, and both of these programs receive a significant amount of federal money", said Benjamin Anderson, director of health policy for the Children's Defense Fund in Manhattan.

Medicaid covers more than three in 10 nonelderly adults with disabilities, including people with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries; intellectual or developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism; and mental illness. And people on both sides of the political spectrum say the Lone Star State is not going to fare well.

"We can do this now in bucket one", Cruz added.

Take the insurance companies out of the health care system all together and have the government negotiate with the drug companies to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

  • Todd Kelly