It was reported, Thursday, that Trump’s administration is moving to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. The legally controversial decision prompted critics to highlight potential harm to the poor. Politically, the decision is less divisive, as a recent poll showed 70% of Americans favor allowing states to impose work restrictions on non-disabled, adult Medicaid recipients.
The Trump administration has drafted a rule that would allow religious employers to stop covering birth control in employee health plans. One of the most controversial components of the ACA, signed in by Barack Obama in 2010, was the free contraceptive mandate. Supporters argue that it is a basic issue of women’s rights and suggest that the increased availability of safe contraceptives contributed to a decline in teen births and abortions. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the plan “sickening” and said it would deny millions of women “access to basic, preventive health care.”
The long-awaited Senate healthcare bill became public on Thursday. The draft repeals Affordable Care Act taxes and provides more subsidies for low-income families than the House bill which was passed in May. Despite the updates to the bill, four conservative senators, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, announced that they would still oppose the bill. They said the bill, in its current form, does not bring healthcare costs down and repeal Obamacare.
Jimmy Kimmel created the discussion on the current topic of whether people with pre-existing medical conditions should get financial coverage by asking the question, “Why should being born with any sort of defect raise your insurance costs all your life? Why should the babies of well-off people, including comedians, have a better shot at surviving that newborns whose parents lack the money to buy health insurance?”
Senate Republicans officially gave up repealing Obamacare in fear of going short on votes. The decision came after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine declared her opposition to the proposal. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans would move on to overhauling the tax code, their next big legislative goal.
The healthcare plan Senate Republicans have been working on in secret will be released on Thursday. There isn’t much information on what exactly the plan is. However, it is expected to be a version based on the current law and a bill passed by the House in May. Republicans can only afford to lose two of the 52 seats they hold in the Senate to pass the bill.
On Monday, congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare returned in full swing with Senate Republicans pushing for a new legislation. Senator John McCain insisted to Republicans that they should hold hearings and consider amendments, rather than ramming the bill through the Senate in order to get a better reaction and outcome.
An $8 billion dollar deal has been put forth by Republicans to help those with pre-existing conditions get the medical coverage they need. On Wednesday night House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California said, “We have enough votes, it’ll pass.” Many members of the house said the vote is expected by lunchtime on Thursday.
Millions of Americans may lose insurance by 2026 as a result of the latest Senate Republican plan to move health-care towards a more conservative direction, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The plan is forecast to lessen the federal deficit by at least $133 billion. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), announced that she would not support the bill, just after the release of the estimate.
The new G.O.P health care act put in place by Republicans has been widely criticized for its lack of women behind the decision-making process. The problem that the public sees with the decisions of the 13 men in charge is that the bill highly impacts women, but no women are there to stand up for their rights. Contraception and health issues pertaining women were highly vetoed in the new healthcare bill begging the question as to whether these men even considered the issues of women when making their decisions.