Stiff headwinds for GOP on health care, tax reform

If Trumpcare passes the Senate, over 100 million Americans stand to suffer severe health care losses, and that's not including the millions more who stand to lose their insurance thanks to huge cuts to Medicaid.

In a poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult/Politico, Trump's approval rating was revealed to be at 44 percent following the House's vote to adopt the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act (AHCA), as reported by The Hill. Kevin Brady, Ed Royce, Martha McSally, Greg Walden, and Steve Scalise, among others. "The credit would vary based on age but not necessarily your health".

The projected impact of this bill is frightening; at least 24 million more people will likely be uninsured, protections for people with pre-existing conditions will be gutted through state waivers with little if any federal oversight, and seniors could pay five times that of younger individuals for their insurance.

Waiting for the ideal health insurance proposal is not an option, however.

Obamacare insurance is affordable for many people only if they select policies with enormous, ruinous deductibles. "It will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare".

As the country awaits Senate action on health care, millions are anxious about their futures.

Under the initial proposal, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded 14 million Americans would lose their health insurance within a year, and within a decade, the number of people without insurance would nearly double to 52 million. Now the CBO says it may be another two weeks until we get that estimate.

Just 11 percent of respondents said they believe the AHCA will cause health insurance costs to go down. Although Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey), the creator of this convenient exemption, said that the party plans to close this loophole in the future, it's suspicious that it's there in the first place.

Under the Republican bill, Medicaid would be cut a total $880 billion over 10 years.

House members say they hope the Senate will fix its flaws - but that won't be easy.

Like Trump's proposal on tax reform, the revised bill, which had failed on a previous vote, is a windfall for the wealthy and bad blow to the indigent and elderly. Instead, the Senate will develop their own bill and they have assembled 13 men to do it.

The new legislation would effectively repeal the ACA's employer mandate that stated businesses were required to provide health insurance to full-time workers.

The poll confirms reports that Americans are overwhelmingly not on board with the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The clobbering tool has been passed to the Democrats and they will try to employ it during the 2018 midterm elections.

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