Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Most young people say gov't should pay for health care

Most young people say gov't should pay for health care

On Tuesday, Gallup announced that for the first time since it's been tracking public opinion on the Affordable Care Act, a majority of Americans support the law.

Conversations around the details of the new effort are taking place just as House members prepare to head home for a recess, in which, lawmakers - especially moderate Republicans - could face another round of angry protests at town halls.

But chances remain slim that Republican leaders can build consensus among the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the more centrist Tuesday Group that doomed the last effort.

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mark Sanford of SC said: 'I've heard nothing of substance at this point that would break the logjam'.

We meet a few Americans who have concerns about Obamacare, then Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss why affordability is an issue for some.

Republicans may also revive an earlier idea to continue an Obamacare 0.9 percent payroll tax on high-income earners to produce $15 billion toward ensuring coverage for various patients.

Under the latest White House offer, states would be allowed to apply for waivers from several coverage requirements that President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law imposed on insurers.

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If congressional representatives and their families had to go onto the very same health plan they are proposing to force all Americans to accept, maybe they would produce a plan that truly works for all Americans.

The public spreads blame for the bill not passing.

People's lives also depend on access to health care and talk of upending the current system could push more people to support the status quo, even if they previously opposed it.

Some reports cite positive momentum for a vote now that Vice President Mike Pence has laid the foundation for a deal wherein conservative-backed language would be added to the bill to permit states to opt out of Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance rules. Nonetheless, when taking a closer look at the numbers, views varied along party lines with 74 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents saying the AHCA didn't pass because cuts to existing health care programs were too extreme.

Democrats were dismissive. "It's as if the president and Paul Ryan went to some of the Republicans and the Freedom Caucus and said, 'We can make this worse, '" Rep. Jan Schakowsky of IL said.

Republicans in the House have claimed they could reform high-risk pools to avoid these problems, but it's hard to see how, at a moment when [House Speaker Paul] Ryan wants to block grant Medicaid and cut overall funding for government programs, states would have the resources necessary to help manage the costs of these high-risk pools without denying people care.

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