Politics Insurance Companies Say Cruz Amendment ‘Unworkable’

19:51  17 july  2017
19:51  17 july  2017 Source:   Roll Call

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The provision, championed by Cruz and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, has been roundly criticized by the center-right. They say that the provision will increase premiums and Two of the nation’s largest health insurance groups came out against the amendment , also calling it “ unworkable .”

Insurance groups tear into latest health care bill as "simply unworkable ". The Cruz amendment , offered to placate conservatives, allows insurers to provide plans with fewer benefits that don't meet the necessary list of "essential health benefits" under current law.

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Two of the nation’s largest health care insurance companies called on the Senate to strike an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz to their health care bill, saying it would “undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions.”

Cruz’s amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act would allow insurers to sell low-cost policies that don’t meet existing federal regulations so long as they also offer one plan that does include services required under the Affordable Care Act, such as prescription drugcoverage.

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Ted Cruz would cause premiums for people with pre-existing conditions to “skyrocket,” insurance groups say . Two of the insurance industry’s most powerful organizations have called the amendment " unworkable in any form."

"There's no doubt there's significant problems with the current system," Karl said . "But if you look at the Republican plan to modify it and replace it, more And on Thursday, in a rare joint statement by the biggest insurance companies in the country, called the Cruz Amendment unworkable in any form

America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said the proposal was “unworkable in any form.” The health insurance companies sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday afternoon expressing their concerns that people on the individual market would lose coverage and premiums would rise.

Prior to this letter, the two insurance groups expressed problems with the amendment in separate statements.

The condemnation comes as McConnell works to persuade both conservative and moderate Republicans to back his plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s 2010 signature healthcare law.

McConnell delayed a vote on the revised health care bill after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., announced Friday he had undergone surgery for a blood clot behind his eye.

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# Insurance groups : # Cruz # amendment to #HealthCare bill is 'simply # unworkable '. BREAKING: In rare joint letter, insurers say Cruz amendment " unworkable in any form" and will lead to "widespread terminations of coverage." pic.twitter.com/hrtKIshIcd.

Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is " unworkable in any form major federal consumer protections would not be required for new plans permitted by the Cruz amendment .

The Cruz amendment was included in the latest version of the Republican replacement bill as a way to push conservative holdouts toward supporting the plan.

“I am encouraged that the revised bill ensures consumers have the freedom to choose among more affordable plans that are tailored to their individual healthcare needs,” Cruz said in a statement.

The senator from Texas said his proposal would still require plans to meet state protection requirements, even if they don’t comply with regulations under Obama’s health care law. Tax-credits would continue to be provided for people using Obamacare-compliant plans.

The letter from the health insurance companies said this consumer freedom provision would drive up premiums as healthier people move to less-regulated plans, while those with pre-existing conditions would continue needing the comprehensive plans. The two groups said middle-income families would be especially impacted because they don’t qualify for the tax-credits.

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In an unprecedented move, an umbrella health insurance group that represents 1,300 companies have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, warning him that Sen. Ted Cruz ’s amendment to the Obamacare repeal-and-replace “Better Care Reconciliation Act” is “ unworkable in

Two of the country's largest insurance providers called an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz to the latest Republican health care bill "simply unworkable ," as Republicans struggle to capture enough votes to pass the legislation.

The amendment could raise premiums for 1.5 million people with pre-existing conditions, according to a report released last week by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

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New GOP health bill puts centrists in vise .
The revised GOP ObamaCare replacement bill is testing their promises.Several moderate Republican senators previously raised alarm with an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that they worried would undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. They also expressed opposition to the deep Medicaid cuts in the bill.

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