Senator Johnson clarifies position on health care bill

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Senator Johnson clarifies position on health care bill

They say it will knock many people off Medicaid, the health-care program for low income people and families, and off regular insurance.

As the nation's only guaranteed and largest provider of long-term care services, including care provided at home and in the community, drastically cutting Medicaid will undermine the health, independence and economic security of millions of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers. Tell them why you oppose health care repeal and believe every person should get health care.

Activists march around the US Capitol to protest the Senate GOP health care bill, on Capitol Hill, June 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

And that pesky pre-existing condition exclusion, when companies closed down, and employees had to find new jobs, for less salary. At the Pediatric Center for Feeding and Swallowing of Maine in Waldo County, I see a number of children with special needs - kids who have genetic disorders, preemies, and kids with heart disease in need of surgery.

Polls have shown the majority of Americans are actually happy with the Affordable Care Act.

An additional 15 percent said that they have no opinion or don't know. Comprehensive health benefits would be put at risk for all Americans, not just those that have gotten coverage under Medicaid and private healthcare as a result of the ACA. The bill includes almost $1 trillion in tax cuts going primarily to the wealthy, with 40 percent of savings going to the top 1 percent of earners and 64 percent of savings going to the top 20 percent of earners.

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There are already too many families struggling to figure out how they will pay their bills. "We have had nowhere to go for health care other than the emergency room". Given the state's budgetary woes, this means Louisiana will have to deny coverage, ration care, or divert funds from other programs - like higher education - to make up for the lost federal Medicaid dollars.

One of the sponsors of the legislation, Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, whose district includes the western half of Ontario County, said it's a way to reduce a costly mandate for cash-strapped counties. Many rural hospitals would also be particularly harmed by decreases in Medicaid funding and some wonder how they will keep their doors open.

They had promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new system that would give equal or better coverage in a more cost-effective manner.

Piper said the federal government also helps ensure that some Minnesotans who buy insurance on the individual market can have their monthly premiums subsidized. We urge our senators to vote against the BCRA.

"There's clearly a path to do this", said Matt Salo, the executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

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