GOP health care bill would hurt West Virginians

Before he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2015, Anthony Kinsey often went without health insurance.

The Maine pool earned higher marks than most state high risk pools because it had a key ingredient: enough money. His share of the treatment cost was $1,800.

The Democratic House and Senate squeaked the bill through Congress with no Republican votes and forced the law down the throats of the American people with a host of bogus promises.

Under Obamacare, insurers can no longer charge consumers based on their medical histories. They were also asked to rate their own health.

As the Senate evaluates potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study, released today by Health Affairs as a Web First, examines the effects of gaining insurance coverage. The KFF analysis estimates 6.3 million people have a pre-existing condition that would have been declined prior to the ACA and would lead to a substantial premium surcharge in states with community rating waivers. Alabama used to have 23 health insurers. The evening session came as Republican senators have begun closed-door meetings aimed at crafting a GOP bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law. "For this reason, Republicans are reforming healthcare so it delivers access to quality, affordable coverage to the American people".

High-risk pools are a key ingredient of the Obamacare replacement bill that passed the House and is being debated in the Senate, though detractors say they're often underfunded, leading to wait lists or high costs for people with preexisting medical conditions.

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Forty-seven percent of those surveyed told PPP that they would be less likely to vote for a representative who supported the AHCA, while only 27% of Americans said they would be more likely to vote for an AHCA supporter. "They may quit their job for that reason, or they may lose their job".

Plans may be available, but price gouging will render them unaffordable. She says these changes to Medicaid allow states to "target funding for this important program towards those who need it most". "The innovation waiver process provides Americans relief from the damage Obamacare continues to inflict on health insurance markets". Premiums were often extremely high, and there were frequently lifetime or annual limits on coverage. Right now people can buy insurance regardless of their health status, whether or not they have a pre-existing condition.

In March 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 21 million people would be enrolled in Obamacare exchanges. The MacArthur Amendment also allows states to eliminate the requirement that insurance plans cover the essential health benefits. "It's not like being sentenced to the gulag". "After 2020, anyone now on Medicaid will still keep their coverage", she said.

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"It would be problematic", he said.

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