HHS doctor publicly comes out against GOP's health care bill


"No one believes the current health care system is ideal, but the American Health Care Act is not the answer". A battery of traditionally aggressive Republican lobbies and fundraising groups, too, have said they will pressure Congress to more comprehensively repeal Obamacare. An estimated 20 million Americans have gained coverage since the law's enactment.

In short, Ryan's plan will be one more kick to the gut of impoverished and working-class New Jerseyans, especially those in the state's poorest neighborhoods, from Paterson's 4th Ward to Newark's South Ward. It will also greatly affect those in the middle class in Jersey and Middle America who never quite recovered from the 2008 recession.

Nonprofits, health care providers, faith groups and advocates formed a coalition called Protect Our Care Alaska.

"These results suggest that any proposed cuts to the ACA Medicaid expansions would substantially reduce access to health care for low-income individuals", said Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy.

After the House Ways and Means Committee voted this week to give insurers a $400 million tax break in the GOP's Affordable Care Act repeal legislation, at least one industry executive was not impressed.

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And while Senator Sullivan is still carefully reviewing the legislation - and has some concerns - he is pleased to see that this first step repeals the individual and employer mandates, works towards reducing costs, provides flexibility to states, and continues to provide coverage for those with pre-existing conditions as well as those on their parent's insurance until age 26.

And yet, this sort of earthquake-sized shift in policy has been part of the long game of conservatives for decades, to finally launch an all-out assault on LBJ's Great Society. Republican leaders today rejected the president's suggestion of an even earlier phase-out at the end of this year.

Though the GOP bill is somewhat complicated, estimates are that it will hasten Medicare's insolvency, now slated for 2026, by three to five years.

The situation regarding Medicaid is more worrisome.

Chief medical officer of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Andrey Ostrovsky, M.D., took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his concern with legislation of the GOP's new healthcare plan.

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The AAP opposed Medicaid changes under the American Health Care Act Medicaid, such as moving away from an entitlement program where states can receive that can receive open-ended federal funds for Medicaid recipients to a block-grant fund where they would receive per-person allotments that cannot exceed a maximum.

And who knows how the freezing of Medicaid will affect Gov. Chris Christie's resolve to slow down the opioid epidemic.

"Americans who meet the eligibility for Medicaid expansion desperately need preventive services to improve their health", CEO Harold Wimmer said. There's a lot more to digest in the Republican health care bill.

"The bill that they're proposing is going to be catastrophic for states' abilities to fight the overdose crisis", said Daniel Raymond, policy director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy organization for people with mental health and addiction diseases.

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