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Governors to convene in Washington on future of Medicaid

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The House Freedom Caucus has roughly 40 members and at least half a dozen Republican senators have expressed reservations about repealing Obamacare without a coherent replacement plan.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is eyeing a markup of the bill in early March. A variety of factors have contributed to the GOP's challenges, most notably their inability to craft a coherent alternative of their own, but the backlash from "Obamacare" beneficiaries caught Republicans completely off-guard, and fundamentally change the nature of the process.

Ryan's plan also calls for enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts and providing Americans access to "a portable, monthly tax credit that they can use to buy a health insurance plan". The plan also would roll back Medicaid spending but provide funding to states to create high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions.

Another 12,710 San Luis Obispo County residents bought health insurance in 2016 through Covered California, the state insurance exchange set up through the Affordable Care Act.

The Kaiser survey also asked respondents about their views on Medicaid, which was broadened under Obamacare to cover low-income adults.

"I saw people who could not get screening tests for cancer, and I saw people who had cancer and couldn't get their cancer treated", she said.

In fact, the draft demonstrates that the Republican party is woefully out of step with public opinion when it comes to healthcare.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that 8 in 10 people nationally say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for roughly 11 million low-income people. Walker noted that Wisconsin did not take the expansion money, but its Medicaid program still has been able to expand coverage to everyone living in poverty.

If Republicans do move forward with their efforts to tear down the Affordable Care Act, they'll have to grapple with the consequences of a spike in the uninsured rate.

Perhaps just as contentious will be the repeal of Medicaid expansion as of January 1, 2020.

The GOP plan is paid for in part through a proposal to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans above the 90th percentile of premiums.

It is uncertain how their plans will be affected by this week's town halls during Congress' recess where GOP lawmakers were confronted by noisy defenders of Obama's law.

While that repeal and fix is angering conservative lawmakers, more moderate Republicans are warning the party of a potential backlash if they quickly rip health insurance away from millions of people. Republicans have fought to repeal the law for years. "An absolute and utter catastrophe". As it stands, people under 30 would get a $2,000 tax credit, while people over 60 would get $4,000.

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