THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE AC

OK, folks, you will see all kinds of scare tactics on this to force the Senate to vote down this new Healthcare Act.

Let’s face it, Obama Care (The Affordable Care Act) that is only affordable for those who don’t work and don’t pay taxes, or for those who qualify for help. The rest of the taxpayers in this country can’t afford the good coverage that they receive. Also, they are loosing Insurance Companies like flies. It is a failure, but Democrats refused to make the necessary changes or can’t. Also, the Govt. has gone into areas where they have no business going, “forcing employers and employees to pay for abortion which they believe is murder”. This bill changes the necessary ingredients and leave it open for more corrections in the future.  Here is some of the reliable information I thought you might be interested in. _______________________________________________________________________________

WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
HAVEN’T I HEARD THIS BEFORE?
Yes. About six weeks ago, Republicans came close to voting on the AHCA. Ultimately, the bill was pulled. So, moderate and conservative Republicans spent time working together to improve the legislation.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
The updated AHCA is the same bill as before, but with three important changes.
Palmer/Schweikert Amendment: creates a new federal risk-sharing program, a high-risk pool that will lower costs for people with pre-existing conditions, and lower costs for everyone else.
The MacArthur Amendment: allows states to apply for waivers to three of Obamacare’s costliest mandates: essential health benefits; age rating; and community rating, but only if the state has a risk-sharing program to help individuals with pre-existing conditions afford coverage.This new flexibility will allow states to design insurance frameworks that are right for their unique populations, providing superior care and lowering costs for patients.
The Upton-Long Amendment: dedicates $8 billion solely to reducing premiums and other out-of-pocket costs for patients in the individual market with pre-existing conditions who do not maintain continuous coverage and who live in states that receive a waiver to redesign their insurance market.
SO… IS IT LAW?
Not quite. Next it goes to the Senate and then to the White House, where it is signed into law. Don’t worry. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.

WAIT, IS CONGRESS EXEMPT?

No. Yesterday, Congress also voted on the McSally Bill, which ensures that Members of Congress and their staff live by the same health care rules as everyone else.
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NOW FROM THE HOUSE GOP
We did it!
Today, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, fulfilling the promises we made to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Today, we voted to offer relief to all Americans suffering under Obamacare’s burdensome weight.
Today, we made history.
Once signed into law, our country will have relief from soaring premiums, evaporating choices, and top-down government mandates. Through the AHCA, we are lowering costs, increasing choice, and returning power back to the people.
Together with President Trump, we’ve passed a bill that:
Dismantles Obamacare taxes
Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties
Protects those with pre-existing conditions
Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid
Empowers individuals and families through HSAs
Provides monthly tax credits for low- and middle-income families
While this is a monumental first step, it is only the first step. There is still work to be done.
Secretary Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services will take administrative actions to create a healthier insurance market and alleviate the burden the harmful health care mandates imposed on Americans.
Congress will also consider more smaller pieces of legislation to continually improve our health care system.
Thank you so much for your support. Now, let’s celebrate the passing of the AHCA!____

OVER 200,000 DOCTORS QUIT HEALTHCARE EXCHANGES

FROM NEWSMAX:by Kathryn McKenzie:   WILL THE LAST DOCTOR TO LEAVE PLEASE TURN OFF THE LIGHTS?

That could be the headline for a new report that says medical professionals are exiting Obamacare insurance plans in droves.  According to a medical practice trade group, as many as 214,500 doctors will not participate in Affordable Care Act exchange plans in the coming year.  A survey by the Medical Group Management Asso. indicates physicians are opting out for TWO REASONS:  first, concern over low reimbursement rates, and second, a fear they will not be paid at all for some cases if they accept insurance provided by the exchanges.

Part of the problem involves the way the exchanges are regulated.  In March 2012, the Dept. of Health and Human Services set forth the procedures to be followed if patients with an exchange plan stop paying their premiums.  In the private healthcare market, people lose coverage as soon as they miss a premium.

But exchange plans are required to provide their members with a 90-day “grace period” to pay up.  In theory, a patient could join an exchange plan, stop paying the premium, receive extensive medical care, and escape paying completely.  And if the patient doesn’t pay up, the doctor who provided the service could get stiffed.

And by some estimates, for every dollar a private plan pays for a service, Medicare pays $0.80.  The Obamacare exchanges, by comparison, pay about $0.60.  If more physicians and hospitals decline to accept insurance issued through the exchanges, patients may begin to have trouble finding a nearby doctor.

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This hit me close to home the other day, just as I was reading this article.  My Doctor says she is “retiring” in April.  She will then be open to her patients that want to see her on a cash basis.   I will continue to see her, pay cash, and submit my bills to Medicare, but that would not be possible if for some reason I need to see her often. She said that Obamacare is making it just too expensive and complicated to continue as she is.

I have heard that we have a doctor shortage in this country already. Obamacare payments to doctors don’t even pay enough to pay for the nurse that checks a person in. I don’t see that this is going to work very well, or give people even mediocre care.  Contact your Congressmen/women, Obamacare needs to be done away with, or some drastic improvements made.