The Democrats’ new healthcare bill is an epic failure that will leave tens of millions of Americans without access to affordable health care and destroy the health system as we know it, Republican lawmakers are warning.
Democrats have promised to replace Obamacare with a more compassionate and affordable system, but this week they released a draft that fails to do that, with an emphasis on allowing states to opt out of Medicaid expansion and other federal funding.
It also leaves millions uninsured and underfunded.
In a memo to the president and Congress Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office said that the new health bill would “increase the risk of death, disability, and long-term illness among individuals with preexisting conditions and lower the health insurance coverage gap.”
The CBO said that under the Republican plan, “individuals with preeexisting conditions who were insured through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) would be more likely to experience serious problems or experience long-lasting adverse health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma.”
The draft also says that people would be less likely to receive benefits if they have preexisted conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar.
Republicans have said they will repeal the ACA’s individual mandate, which requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
They have also proposed making insurance more generous, and removing the ACA requirement that individuals with pre-existing conditions be required to carry health insurance.
“If we pass this bill, I will be more worried than I was before,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “The House Republicans want to let the states opt out.
That is a big problem, because it’s going to make it more difficult to expand Medicaid and to create a truly universal system.”
In a press conference Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “This bill does nothing to create insurance for all Americans.
It does nothing for people who have preeexistant conditions.
It doesn’t go after the insurance companies that were paying out millions of dollars in fines and penalties.
This bill also does nothing on preexistence insurance, so this bill does not create a universal health care system for the American people.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R, W.
Va., a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said, “[W]e need to get rid of the individual mandate.
That’s the one piece of legislation that really drives up premiums.
I think we have a lot of work to do in that area, and we’re going to have to go back and make sure that we’re doing that.”
Senators Mike Lee, R.-Utah, and Patty Murray, D, Wash., said that repealing the individual health insurance mandate “does not guarantee health insurance for every American.
It will drive up premiums for people with preextended conditions, and it will make insurance unaffordable for millions of people.”
They added, “We must repeal the mandate because it has already caused over $1 trillion in premiums to be paid out to consumers, and the Congressional Research Service has estimated that it will increase premiums by an additional $6,000 for every $1,000 of added premium credits for lower-income people.”
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R., Kentucky, said that he wants to replace the ACA “with a system that is much more comprehensive, more patient-centered, and that is fully funded.
That includes a plan to replace all of the ACA mandates with something more flexible.
That means there will be a transition period and a transition in time to allow people to get health insurance, which is very important.
But we can’t just roll over and do that.”
Democrats are also proposing to reduce the maximum premium amount for individuals to $695.
But they’re also proposing a two-year transition period before the law’s subsidies begin.
“They’re going through a process that we call ‘adjustment,'” McConnell said.
“This is a time period where people will be able to make their own determination of what their income is and what they’re looking for in a plan.
We’re going for a much lower rate than that.
But that will be the adjustment period.”
Seniors and people with disabilities would get a subsidy to buy private insurance, but the CBO found that “the number of people with a high-cost condition would increase.”
“The people who are sicker and those with preexcisias would see a significant increase,” said Patty Murray of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
“And the number of individuals with a preexcisias condition would go up by 30 million.”
The Senate Republicans have been working to make the legislation more palatable to the public, with a campaign ad in recent days highlighting how people with pre and severe disabilities would receive subsidies.
“The CBO has told us that our plan would raise premiums for millions, if not