Obamacare's "essential health benefits" could be in jeopardy

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Protesters gathered at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building on West Temple Street and marched to the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building on East Temple Street, where speakers including City Councilman Gil Cedillo and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, both Democrats, drew cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. "Likewise, this law is no 'job-killer, ' because America's businesses went on a record-breaking streak of job growth in the seven years since I signed it", he said. "The storm is just beginning".

The AMA will continue working with Congress to increase the number of Americans with quality, affordable health insurance, but this bill, as now drafted, pushes policy in the wrong direction.

"But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans", he wrote.

Spicer insisted this would be the last anniversary Obamacare was celebrated. "I think the 50- to 65-year-old population will have a more hard time getting insurance and it will be more expensive".

"If I didn't have health care, I wouldn't be able to hold a job, " the Lancaster mother of four said.

There is still time for Republicans to work in a bipartisan way that will actually improve health care coverage and affordability. I'll be the first to admit that health care in the United States wasn't ideal before Obamacare was implemented, but it certainly didn't make it better.

Republicans counter that the CBO analysis fails to take into account future GOP plans to change the health care system through overhauling regulations and additional legislation.

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"I wouldn't be here without (it)", Champ, 48, said of the Affordable Care Act.

In California, which was among the first states to embrace Obamacare and to establish a health insurance exchange, billions would be lost in federal funding, according to health advocates.

If House leadership agrees to dismantle essential benefits in the bill, it could mean that insurers would no longer have to provide breastfeeding support and counseling to new mothers or pay for preventive tests and screenings for blood pressure, high cholesterol, lung cancer, depression and other conditions. "It could leave countless people with too little coverage to meet their health care needs and drive higher rates of uncompensated care at hospitals already struggling to cover their costs".

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering and plans to vote sometime Friday on what's being called the American Health Care Act, a measure that would repeal or replace major parts of the 7-year-old Affordable Care Act.

Even insurance provided by employers had limits for maternity care.

Moving the transition date forward - 2018 was a date considered, MacArthur said - "would have created a gap that would have left people without coverage".

"I care about those who do need the Affordable Care Act", she said.

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