The American Health Care Act

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  3. by   Tweety
    Here's a good summary of the highlights from Vox

    The American Health Care Act: the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained - Vox

    opps...apparently it's dead on arrival.....people are hell bent on scrapping Obamacare altogether and going back in time when people were uninsured and when they were extremely ill, or got in car wrecks or other traumas the taxpayers would pay and let people just take their chances.

    The GOP's Obamacare replacement bill: Dead on arrival? - CNNPolitics.com
  4. by   herring_RN
    Congressional Committees Release Text Of Obamacare Repeal & Replacement Bills
    Congressional Committees Release Text Of Obamacare Repeal & Replacement Bills – Consumerist

    The House Commerce Committee’s current version
    https://consumermediallc.files.wordp...lthcareact.pdf

    The House Ways and Means Committee has also finished its draft of related repeal legislation, and has released a bullet-pointed breakdown of the bill:
    https://consumermediallc.files.wordp...by-section.pdf
  5. by   herring_RN
    Repeal the tax on indoor tanning beds!
    What does this do to provide healthcare to anyone?

    We old people could write off the entire cost of our Medicare supplement.

    How about more help for young people to afford healthcare?
    You know what I think would be best.
  6. by   elkpark
    This is my favorite thing I've read about it so far:

    GOP health plan preoccupied with lottery winners on Medicaid.

    Lottery winnings. Seriously.

    You can't make this stuff up ...
  7. by   MunoRN
    I think it's no more dead on arrival than was to be expected. Different factions of house and senate republicans have stated contradictory requirements for reform, this is more the conversation (and deal-making) starting point. A blank piece of paper would have worked about as well.

    Ryan's going to have to try and let each side think they're getting what they want, which started when he introduced the bill by saying "the American Healthcare act keeps our promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act", even though Act itself clearly states it is only amending the ACA, not repealing it or replacing it.

    It will be interesting to see how it's scored by the CBO, many of the estimates are going to have to be contingent on specifics not mentioned in the bill (oddly the bill is pretty vague except for devoting 10 out of 66 pages that deal with lottery winners).
  8. by   nursej22
    Quote from elkpark
    This is my favorite thing I've read about it so far:

    GOP health plan preoccupied with lottery winners on Medicaid.

    Lottery winnings. Seriously.

    You can't make this stuff up ...
    This beats Jason Chavetz's comment about how Americans should choose to invest in health care instead of a new iPhone. Hmm, cancer or iPhone 7, such a dilemma!
  9. by   heron
    Quote from nursej22
    This beats Jason Chavetz's comment about how Americans should choose to invest in health care instead of a new iPhone. Hmm, cancer or iPhone 7, such a dilemma!
    Umm ... In what alternate reality does cancer care cost just $600? You can barely get two months worth of Lantus for $600. And that's only if you skip getting test strips
  10. by   elkpark
    Chris Hayes was interviewing some GOP representative about the bill last night on MSNBC and pointed out that Ryan and the other architects of the bill are talking about having hearings, like, next week, and having a final vote on the final version of the bill before the April recess, which is less than five weeks from now. He reminded the person he was interviewing that, when the ACA was being negotiated, the same process of getting to a final vote took nine months, there were months of hearings alone, and Republicans complained bitterly at the time that that was too fast, the process was being rushed too much, and asked him if he had any comment on that. Of course there was no meaningful response. The hypocrisy never fails to astound me.
  11. by   elkpark
    Quote from nursej22
    This beats Jason Chavetz's comment about how Americans should choose to invest in health care instead of a new iPhone. Hmm, cancer or iPhone 7, such a dilemma!
    Well, can you use cancer to shop on line or send photos to your friends????? I think the choice is pretty clear.
  12. by   Tweety
    Republicans claimed to have some much better health care plan in their back pocket that would give Americans what they want: cheap, comprehensive health insurance that offers them oodles of choice. But it was a lie, and now Trump and Republicans in Congress are paying for it.
    Republicans are now paying the price for a years-long campaign of Obamacare lies - Vox
  13. by   Tweety
    Probably more than anything this was the goal.

    • Taxes: Republicans would repeal all taxes in the ACA. That includes a tax on medical devices and a 3.8 percent surtax on investment and other income of families earning over $250,000 a year.
    Everything you need to know about the new GOP health care bill | PBS NewsHour
  14. by   BCgradnurse
    They had 8 freaking years to come up with a plan, and this is the best they can do?

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