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Senate Republicans are moving forward in secret with a draft health care bill in order to secure a vote before the July 4 recess. Many worry the Senate's health care bill will be as bad or worse than the House's bill, which would leave 23 million more people uninsured. Instead of getting rid of Obamacare, politicians should be fixing it. Republicans say Obamacare must be repealed to ensure Americans have access to insurance at prices they can afford. What do you think? 😷

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While it's impossible to know what the Senate bill will look like until Republicans decide to release it, it's likely it will, in broad strokes, be similar to the House health care bill. 

The American Health Care Act reduces the deficit by $119 billion over the next decade, and would result in cheaper premiums for young, healthy Americans. But the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) also forecasts 23 million people would lose their insurance by 2026, if the bill crosses President Trump's desk. The GOP bill could also result in skyrocketing insurance costs for the elderly and less-healthy individuals, especially in states that request waivers for pre-existing conditions.

In many states, insurance costs could soar for consumers who are sick or have pre-existing conditions, while premiums would fall for the very healthy.

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Republicans say Obamacare needs to be repealed as soon as possible to save Americans from the failed system. Obamacare promised to drive premiums down while letting people stay with their doctors and insurance. That never happened. Instead, premiums went up, insurers abandoned some markets entirely, and coverage has gotten worse. As some people frame it, Obamacare is a complete failure

No one-size-fits-all solution imposed by Washington can create the competition we need to bring down costs. People should be free to buy the coverage that meets their needs. They shouldn’t have to pay for more than they want or settle for less than they need. If that means shopping for coverage from another state, they should have that option.

Many worry that Obamacare's problems will metastasize with time. More and more people will see their quality of care go down while the cost goes up. It's not only an unsustainable program, it doesn't work. Period. Republicans say the AHCA is a good start. It's about giving freedom back to the states and people to decide what's best. The federal government doesn't need to tell people what's best.

Some broad themes are clear. The ACA was a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach to policymaking. In contrast, the AHCA moves decision-making to the grass roots by providing funding, but permitting states flexibility in how to deal with costly preexisting conditions, provide reinsurance and other stop-loss protections that permit insurers to function effectively, and trusting state insurance regulators to run their markets. Even the significant Medicaid reform needed to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability carries enormous freedom for states to tailor their programs to their populations.
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Others say House Republicans fucked everyone over with the AHCA, and the Senate is about to do the same. The reason why Republican senators are drafting their healthcare bill in secret is because they know it's hugely unpopular. People like Obamacare and they want to keep it. A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 55 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the AHCA. The same share of Americans want the Senate to rewrite it completely or just dump it. 

In order to pass the bill without public oversight, the Senate is using sabotage, secrecy and speed to get legislation passed. 

  • Sabotage: Given the unpopularity of the AHCA, Republicans have just one argument: Obamacare has failed. The GOP premise is “bad” beats “dead.” The problem is the facts don’t support this.
  • Speed: Knowing the coverage loss will be significant, McConnell plans to vote within only days, or possibly even hours, of the release of the CBO score. Moving fast leaves opponents, and the public, with no time to catch up to the details.
  • Secrecy. None of this will work if the content of the bill cannot be kept secret for as long as possible. A small group of Republicans is amending the House bill behind close doors. And for all the talk of having the Senate start over and fix the bad House bill, their reported changes appear to be minimal, and to follow the blueprint laid out by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) that: “80 percent of what the House did we’re likely to do.” 
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