Harris Statement on Failure of Affordable Care Act Repeal

“Mustering the political will” to pass the ACA “resulted in a fairly large number of moderate- and low-income people getting health insurance in a more stable way than what they were used to getting, and that’s quite an achievement”, said Jim Capretta, a resident fellow and health care policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, which leans toward the conservative side of the political spectrum. Susan Collins of ME is next up for election in 2020, and is considering a run for the ME governor’s seat next year, and Sen. Had conservative Democrats in Trump-friendly states-lawmakers like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota-broken ranks with their colleagues, the bill would have passed. Both bills were designed for big insurers and big government. The part of Obamacare that saw the most support-the part that formed the foundation of its defense-was the Medicaid expansion. Now it’s time for Georgia’s policy makers, health advocates, consumers, and health care stakeholders to come together and find solutions for these problems. They committed to repealing Obamacare, and Americans put them in office to do it. McConnell wants the Senate to embark on now, the most consequential piece of domestic legislation in years – with a strong potential to hurt tens of millions of people and destabilize the nation’s health insurance markets – would nearly certainly be written in secret by Republican leaders and sprung on rank-and-file members in September. They would then present it to the House and Senate for final votes later in September, with limited debate and no amendments allowed – and with GOP leaders applying maximum pressure on Republican senators and House members to fall in line.

The Republican healthcare bill was voted down overnight, all but ending GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act for now. And it’s that threat, more than anything else, which mobilized and galvanized the public. They’ve given us the Senate.

“Tonight, the message sent by the American people was vindicated: Republicans must no longer play politics with people’s lives”. It would have been a historic reduction in the scope of the social safety net.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Indeed, those cuts even gave some Republicans pause enough to temporarily derail the process. Critics, including some in North Jersey, opposed the rising costs that could be linked to the Affordable Care Act. If the law isn’t changed, 80% of the population could live in states that expanded Medicaid by 2026, CBO has estimated. Because of its association with the poor and disabled, it will likely face continued assault from hostile lawmakers.

Researchers reviewed national survey data of US adults, between ages 18 to 64, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that in states that expanded Medicaid, the gap in insurance coverage between residents of households with annual incomes less than $25,000 and higher-income households with annual incomes greater than $75,000 fell by 46 percent between 2013 and 2015. He also said it’s time to move on. “Instead, it leads to adverse selection that would increase premiums and destabilize the individual market”. Indeed, when asked about nine provisions in the ACA, registered voters in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll said they want the Senate to keep eight, rejecting only the individual mandate.

Twila Brase, RN, is president and co-founder of CCHF (www.cchfreedom.org), which says it is a nonprofit, patient-centered, national health-freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota that exists to protect health-care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. Let us end a misguided and misanthropic effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Which is to say that it’s still too early to call that effort “dead”. And if there’s any lesson to the fight against Obamacare repeal, it’s that the future is Medicaid.