Why Ted Cruz's Health Care Fix Can't Save the GOP's Bill

Why Ted Cruz's Health Care Fix Can't Save the GOP's Bill

Why Ted Cruz's Health Care Fix Can't Save the GOP's Bill

The Texas Republican is pushing to allow insurers to sell policies on the federal exchanges that don't meet the regulations laid out in the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152), so long as an insurer offers one plan that does comply with the law.

McConnell and top Trump administration officials plan to spend the next few days cajoling senators and home-state governors in an effort to nail down support for the bill.

With 52 members in the Senate, Republicans can only lose two members and still pass the bill under budget reconciliation rules that prevent filibustering by Democrats.

In the days leading up the revised bill's unveiling, expected late Thursday morning, other Republicans were already throwing out suggestions to tweak Cruz's idea to make it more workable and appealing to the conference.

Senate Republicans continue to push Obamacare repeal and replace legislation saying President Barack Obama's signature legislation is collapsing. But regardless of the details, Cruz and his Republican colleagues in the Senate have the right idea. After all, the major cuts to Medicaid - a big concern for Arizona - haven't gone away.

Grassley said he's "pessimistic" Republicans could come together behind a health care reform measure, even though he tweeted Saturday that the party would find itself going from the "majority to minority" if they cannot agree on a way to repeal Obamacare.

"This proposal would fracture and segment insurance markets into separate risk pools and create an unlevel playing field that would lead to widespread adverse selection and unstable health insurance markets", the group America's Health Insurance Plans wrote in a memo. You could buy a plan that covered nearly nothing but a visit to a hospital emergency room and an annual physical, if you wanted to.

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"So you basically sell a non-health insurance health insurance plan", she said. The bill's insurance tax credits are still created to buy low-end, high-deductible coverage, meaning poorer adults likely won't be able to afford to use the health plans they purchase.

The Cruz-Lee bill does offer generous subsidies to some Americans, but those aren't available to people earning incomes that put them above the poverty level but well short of the "middle class".

Writing previous year, CBO's Susan Yeh Beyer and Jared Maeda warned, "If there were no clear definition of what type of insurance product people could use their tax credit to purchase, some of those insurance products would probably not provide enough financial protection against high medical costs to meet the broad definition of coverage that CBO and JCT have typically used in the past-that is, a comprehensive major medical policy that, at a minimum, covers high-cost medical events and various services, including those provided by physicians and hospitals". Similar "rating bands" under the Affordable Care Act limit insurers from charging older people more than three times the amount of younger people.

To win over Capito and other lawmakers anxious that changes will lead to opioid addicts no longer being able to get help, Republican Senate leaders two weeks ago added $45 billion over 10 years to help states pay for treatment. "This approach just doesn't make any clinical or economic sense". "People with opioid and other drug problems have other health issues, from HIV, to hepatitis, health and liver problems, mental health, depression and on and on".

"People don't really get health insurance", she said.

Kery Murakami is the CNHI Washington reporter.

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