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Capito says she can't support GOP health care bill

28 June 2017

West Virginia University experts predict dire consequences for the Mountain State if the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act replacement becomes law.

"As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia", she said, "and I can not support it".

"All of us at some point are going to need to access the healthcare system".

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., agreed that the Senate ACA replacement would be detrimental to West Virginia - including the Eastern Panhandle. I recognize that many West Virginians rely on health coverage and access to substance abuse treatment because of my state's decision to expand coverage through Medicaid.

"Since the ACA had one of the biggest effects in West Virginia, West Virginia may be among the biggest losers if those benefits are rolled back", Deskins said. "As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I can not support it".

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Portman said the Afordable Care Act is not working for many families and small businesses in Ohio. The Senate draft before us includes some promising changes to reduce premiums in the individual insurance market, but I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic.

"Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I can not support it in its current form", Portman said.

Leaders had hoped to wrap up a vote before leaving for the break.

Manchin said Tuesday that numerous most vulnerable people would lose their coverage if it passes.

The per capita caps in the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 affect nearly every population covered by Medicaid, and would cost Virginia's program nearly double the $708 million that the House-proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) was estimated to cost over the same time frame. More seniors will be poor, as fewer people who are retiring have pensions or adequate retirement savings.

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Amy, who requested through her mother her last name be withheld from this report for privacy concerns, faced health care costs of more than $1.2 million within the first seven months of treatment.

Ending annual and lifetime coverage caps would also impact people who get health insurance from their employers and the private insurance market.

Under the Senate plan, older individuals could pay up to five times as much for coverage compared to younger people, and companies would not be required to pay for medical coverage for "essential health benefits" like maternity care.

Manchin said he told President Trump, who called, he couldn't support the legislation, but was willing to work with others on a fix of the Affordable Care Act. The president during the campaign promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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