Two biggest giants of the U.S. insurance industry stated that central provision of the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is “unworkable in any form.” This came as a hit to the party leaders’ efforts to win support for their legislation.
The language was created by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It is included in the bill by the leaders as they hope that is the way to win over the votes from the rest of congressional conservatives. While on one side certain conservatives say it doesn’t go far enough, moderates are worrying it will cause some people to lose coverage, especially ones with serious illnesses.
Out of the 52 GOP senators, two already stated they will oppose the bill. If he wants the legislation to pass the showdown vote expected next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cannot lose anybody else.
Trying to implement this overall bill is Senate GOP’s try t o fulfill the promise that party made. Promise of repealing Barack Obamas’ health care law. They have pledged to do so back in 2010.
America’s Health Care Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association stated a joint statement released on Friday as a letter to McConnell, R-Ky.
They said that provision will “undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions,” as well as increase premiums and lead many to lose coverage. “It is simply unworkable in any form,” the letter said.
This provision would allow the insurers to sell low-cost policies with inadequate coverage, as long as they also sell policies that meet list of services that they have to follow under Obama’s law, like mental health counseling and prescription drugs.
Cruz says the proposal will give people the option of buying the coverage they think they need and lower the premiums.
Critics say the bill would leave sicker consumers who need more comprehensive coverage to confront unaffordable costs. and encourage healthy people to buy low-cost plans. Insurers agreed with this , putting their faith in careful senators and hoping they won’t be won over by McConnell’s.
Insurance companies stated that for people with preexisting conditions premiums would “skyrocket”, especially for middle-income families.They added that this plan would offer less insurance options, therefore making “millions of more individuals become uninsured.”
Although the bill requires that state receive $70 million to use in helping to contain risk for people who have serious conditions, insurance groups said that amount “is insufficient and additional funding will not make the provision workable for consumers or taxpayers.”
McConnell and other Republicans are still searching for ways to change the bill hoping to get broader support.
It is planned that top Trump administration with McConnell spend the next few days in persuading the senators and governors to get the biggest support plausible for this bill.
The Congressional Budget Office is expected to be unbiased, and to release the analysis of revised bill including evaluation of Ted Cruz’s plan next week.
Earlier office’s estimation of McConnell’s initial bill was that it would cause 22 million additional people to be uninsured.