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Trump's hardball tactic on health care may backfire

Trump's hardball tactic on health care may backfire

"I think this may even be a conservative estimate", he said.

Scott said repealing and replacing the law will make health care coverage more affordable. Still, the Trump administration sees no "structural reason" why the House couldn't also vote on a health-care plan this week, Mulvaney said.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday shows the Republican's threat could cost the government $2.3 billion in 2018 and as much as $31 billion over the next 10 years. The cost-sharing help is provided directly by insurers, who are reimbursed by the government.

Congress has never actually voted to spend that money, and a federal judge ruled a year ago that it was illegal for the Obama administration to send that money to insurers without congressional approval.

Members left for their two-week Easter recess earlier this month having failed to reach a consensus on repeal legislation.

Contact President Trump and your US senators and representative to tell them the irresponsible way the Republicans are approaching health care reform is doing irreparable harm to the current health care system by throwing it into a state of chaos and uncertainty, the costs for which the Republicans will be held accountable.

The survey finds 62 percent of Americans also support keeping federal requirements that many plans cover preventive services, maternity and pediatric care, hospitalization and prescription drugs, while 33 percent say states should decide what, if any, minimum coverage should be provided.

This comes just days before the Democrats and Republicans must agree on a federal budget or face a government shutdown, reports local media. (The cost-sharing subsidies, meanwhile, benefit those making 100-250 percent of the federal poverty line). The plan would grant states an exemption if they offer high-risk pools selling insurance to these people, which supporters contend would reduce premiums for most consumers by directing the sickest patients out of traditional insurance plans.

The Kaiser Family Foundation found that taxpayers would end up paying 23 percent more than the potential savings from eliminating the health law's "cost-sharing" subsidies, which help low-income people with insurance deductibles and copayments.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said last week that Democrats would insist that a final package include funding the subsidies.


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