Sen. Flake's Support Of Cruz Amendment Meets Criticism

Amos Gonzales
July 17, 2017

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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can not lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote expected next week.

If Senate Republicans manage to pass their revised bill-and it's a big "if"-we'll probably see a significant number of younger and healthier Americans drop their exchange coverage and buy cheaper, bare-bones plans outside the exchanges".

The redone legislation, created to muster enough votes for passage, was expected to be released Thursday.

There are other Republican ideas being floated as well. Sen. Almost all of this population earns more than 350 percent above the federal poverty level - the cutoff point in the Senate bill for receiving federal subsidies to help purchase marketplace coverage.

Even with news that some form of the proposals were going to be in the base text of the bill, there was no guarantee that it was enough to shore up the support of the hard-right flank of the Senate GOP conference that has been resisting the bill. Ted Cruz, would make an already mean-spirited GOP plan even worse. 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. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that state insurance regulators say reminds them of the "junk insurance" sold prior to the Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reported.

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, described Cruz's proposal as a "common sense" amendment.

"I don't know how you would do that", Pollitz said.

Those non-compliant plans would not be subject to rules that now bar insurers from denying coverage to sick people, charging sick people higher premiums, and excluding coverage for pre-existing conditions.

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Earlier this week, America's Health Insurance Plans, which represents US insurance companies, warned that the Lee-Cruz proposal would destabilize the insurance markets, potentially wipe out coverage for many with pre-existing conditions, and jeopardize the entire insurance system.

Cruz said Wednesday that his vote to advance the bill next week would depend on whether he was convinced premiums would lower with the GOP health care bill.

The liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated a single 60-year-old making $42,000 per year would pay $5,763 more in annual premiums in Oklahoma, $5,523 more in West Virginia and $5,151 more in Pennsylvania.

The idea has been controversial, as other Republicans have raised concerns that it would destabilize the marketplace and make insurance unaffordable for sick people - concerns echoed by the insurance industry this week.

Capito said she continues to be anxious about the bill's original language reducing the amount of federal money states receive if they expanded Medicaid to cover people making just above the poverty line.

The BCRA is still the most unpopular bill in three decades. Only two upper-chamber Republicans oppose the revised bill. Plus, the update did not soften the spending cuts the bill has in store for Medicaid.

"Opioid addiction can not be treated in isolation, and funding only addiction treatment when patients have other chronic and complex medical needs is likely to be ineffective", said Dr. Corey Waller, chairman of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's legislative advocacy committee.

"People don't really get health insurance", she said. Those funds could be used to subsidize premiums for people with health problems.

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