Don’t lose sight of what’s happening with Trumpcare. Two weeks ago, House Republicans took the first steps toward stripping healthcare from millions of Americans and making it exceedingly difficult for millions more to get healthcare in the future by passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
This past Monday we told you which Republicans supported it and what comes next. Today we’ll explain more what’s in this bill, and what is happening next with it.
Below are the high-level points:
- Being a woman becomes a pre-existing condition: C-sections, irregular or heavy periods, and pregnancy could all be considered pre-existing conditions in some states.
- Lifetime limits for certain types of treatment (Hit your max for chemo? Oh well!)
- Changes that will result in the decrease of employer provided insurance.
- Increased premiums for those with preexisting conditions
- No individual mandate which acts as an incentive for healthy people to join and keeps costs down for those who are more ill
- Barebones insurance plans limited to catastrophe coverage on healthcare exchanges
For an in-depth look at what’s in the bill, read here.
Keep your eyes open for a report out of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) the week of May 22.
It ain’t over yet! The bill still has to pass the Senate. While it has to clear some hurdles (like the Byrd Rule), those will likely be circumvented via a rewrite by Senate Republicans. A committee with members from both the House and Senate will be formed as an bureaucratic outcropping of this rewrite, and they will reconcile the differences between the new and old versions and pass the bill. IF a reconciled bill passes, the last stop will be Trump. Find out more about the process here.
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