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Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'

Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'”

Helgerson, in an interview with public radio and television, says New York's health care exchange is relatively healthy, 17 separate plans are offered.

That's according to a report from George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund.

He said it is just not the way to handle major pieces of legislation.

Health care is a double-edged sword, in practice and in politics. "That's a lot", Ku said.

Will it be a straight repeal of the Obamacare law, or will it be a repeal with a replacement plan attached? The Congressional Budget Office has said the Senate bill would substantially increase costs for some people with medical needs.

He claimed the bill would "significantly lower Americans' premiums."

The House alone in recent years has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter the legislation and according to some estimates, wasted more than 87 million-tax-payer-dollars on the effort.

One of them is Twila Brase, the president and co-founder of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of mixed messages, raising questions about the White House strategy on health care.

"Every amendment can have professionals and experts come and speak on the amendment either for or against and we can put facts together", Manchin said.

All this, she believes, would decrease costs, increase choice, and provide easier access to care.

Mosley acknowledged that under Obamacare, healthcare costs have gone up, as have deductibles and premiums. There will be more emergency cases since fewer people will have coverage providing standard health care that would obviate the need for much emergency care as a last resort. Because unless something is done, and fast, we will lose more and more people to this epidemic - and I am not willing to lose my sister.

Looking at the mix of Medicaid in CT, where it's called HUSKY, just 12 percent are in the most expensive HUSKY C for seniors and blind or disabled people; 60 percent are children and their parents in HUSKY A and the remaining 28 percent are adults without minor children in HUSKY D, according to February figures from the state Department of Social Services.

Although Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare for years, it appears there are not enough votes in the Senate to do it. Why? Assumptions had to be made and no one knows what the future will hold, especially in a field like health care that is experiencing innovative technological advances.

Since the ACA was passed in 2010, CEOs of the 70 largest healthcare companies have cumulatively earned a whopping $9.8 billion - or nearly 11% more money on average each year. The disagreement is over whether other sectors would gain or lose jobs.

"Since 2013, we have cut our uninsured in half", Schneiderman said. Health care costs still grew, albeit at a slower pace. They can't afford to do nothing about this ticking time bomb.

"The groups that will get hit the most are rural hospitals and inner city teaching hospitals", said Stuart Altman, a professor of national health policy at Brandeis University.

After another whirlwind week in the nation's capital, many questions remain about the path forward for key Trump administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was the focus of a scathing report in the Washington Post which claimed Sessions had discussed campaign issues in a meeting with Russian officials previous year. They're talking with their significant others, business partners and colleagues and deciding whether to try to tough it out no matter what the new GOP model looks like, sell their business, get on their significant other's employer plan, or move to another state or even another country with a universal healthcare system.



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