Tom Price Defends Pre-Existing Coverage in GOP Health Plan
May 20 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The American Action Network is going up with a $500,000 buy that touts the health plan, known as the American Health Care Act, and thanks Ryan and Republicans who supported the measure in its narrow passage out of the House last week.
If the bill is passed in its current form in the Senate it would represent a major political victory for Trump and congressional Republicans and a devastating loss for millions of American who could be stripped of their coverage, including those with pre-existing medical conditions.
In his Twitter comment, Trump contended, "ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead!"
Republicans have often defended their repeal efforts by claiming that Obamacare is collapsing on its own, but the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found in March that "the nongroup market would probably be stable in most areas" if Obamacare remains in place.
Collins added that she would like to a bipartisan group of Senators take on health care, including Democrats who acknowledge problems with Obamacare and "Republicans who also want to make sure that we're not reducing coverage and we're giving flexibility".
"What we're trying to do is to improve the Medicaid system - make it more responsive to patients", he said. Republican Whip John Cornyn said this week.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seemed resigned Sunday to his chamber's bill being altered as part of a "multistage process".
Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.