"[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare - I shouldn't call it repeal-and-replace, because it's not going to happen", the former Speaker said. Despite this, many healthcare organizations are in favor of a change from Obamacare with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services being one of them.
"I think people don't understand that the ACA gives benefits to so many", said Fernandez, who purchased insurance through the Obamacare marketplace after she lost her job in July.
More than 70 million low-income children and parents, pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly rely on traditional Medicaid or the related Children's Health Insurance Program.
-Provide $100 billion over 10 years for grants to states to restrain health costs. Congressional Republicans are hoping to use legislation aimed at dismantling President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act to make good on the party's longstanding goal of defunding Planned Parenthood, according to a leaked draft of House Republicans' repeal bill obtained and published by Politico on Friday.
Support for Obamacare has reached its highest level since it was introduced in 2010, weeks after Donald Trump signed an executive order to kickstart the dismantling of the healthcare law. Medicaid is a pool of federal and state funded tax dollars that helps cover insurance for poor people.
And the Energy and Commerce Committee met in January with more than a dozen GOP governors from states that expanded Medicaid and those that did not, and discussions are continuing between the governors and the lawmakers, a committee aide said.
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"Clearly the details will continue to evolve and we'll be watching as they do", he said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
"It's a huge difference", said Jesse Cross-Call, senior health policy analyst at the progressive Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Republicans there and elsewhere worry about what to do with those millions of people who now have health insurance for the first time. At one such meeting in Castle Pines this week, Buck faced angry constituents who shared stories of how the Affordable Care Act has helped them and who expressed concerns that a GOP replacement plan will be less effective.
Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., argued Medicaid spending is out of control.
"The expansion states are saying, I don't want to take less money and throw people off coverage", he says. He urged McCarthy to gradually reduce aid to people over the poverty line.
The bill would phase out Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which has been adopted by 31 states, by 2020. He urged Congress not to shift costs to the state.
A draft House Republican bill making the rounds in Washington, D.C., on February 24 details for the first time the majority party's plans for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would include the gradual elimination of expanded Medicaid eligibility by the year 2020.