Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill

Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg courtesy

Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg courtesy

The House-passed AHCA would eventually lead to 23 million fewer people covered, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office estimate.

Since returning from his first overseas trip last weekend, President Trump has called on Congress to move forward with his key agenda items, particularly the American Health Care Act, which is meant to replace the Affordable 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. It's the target that the Affordable Care Act aimed at - not entirely successfully - and it's what remains desperately needed in a country where the costs of health care are approaching 20 percent of gross domestic product.

Medical groups, which have railed against numerous Republican healthcare ideas, are split on whether to exclusively campaign against the bill or attempt to work with Republicans to make it more palatable, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Only 8 percent of Americans, the Kaiser poll found, said the Senate should adopt the plan as passed by the House and just 24 percent said with only minor changes. And a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank, shows just how hard is has become for Republicans to try to pass a healthcare overhaul. The CBO also projected that individuals with pre-existing conditions will face skyrocketing premiums and could even be priced out of the insurance market if states use the mandate waivers. What it should do is start from scratch, understanding that there is national value in ensuring that Americans have access to good health care, then figuring out which parts of Obamacare to keep and which to change, all with an eye on reducing costs, improving care and keeping Americans healthy.

Smith-whose district includes Hamilton and Robbinsville-went against his party and President Donald Trump to voice concern with the legislation, which guts most of Obamacare. The AHCA would give people lower quality health care coverage in exchange for some savings.

The thing Trump appears to have forgotten is that Senate Republicans have, since a year ago, been telegraphing their plan to use budget reconciliation measured to pass both of those proposals. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better", Trump recently tweeted.

Republican senators are overwhelmingly against ending the legislative filibuster, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to leave it intact in March, when he nuked the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

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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. But for older individuals newly enrolled in Medicaid because of the ACA, the House bill's replacement is virtually useless.

J. Mario Molina, former CEO of Molina Healthcare - which provides plans to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients - also blamed Trump and the GOP for injecting uncertainty into the health care market that is raising health care rates.

About 7 in 10 of those surveyed said Medicaid financing should continue as now structured, where the federal government guarantees coverage, defines the benefits and matches state spending.

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