I’ll tell you right up front, it looks like this bill is going to unravel. But we still need to call. Martha McSally was one of only 7 so-called moderates that VP Mike Pence went to FIRST yesterday afternoon for “pre-approval” of this bill. “’The folks that were there today were all yeses, to make sure that we were still yeses,’ Collins said. ‘Since we are yeses, and problem solvers, [the administration wanted] to get our opinion on some folks, whether we thought this could be helpful or not, and we thought it could be. ‘” She needs to hear from us that we will hold her accountable for her personal involvement in moving this bill forward.
1) McSally said publicly that she would fight to maintain protections for those with pre~existing conditions. Eliminating the “community rating” provision (see below) would effectively destroy those protections.
2) After her meeting with Mike Pence Monday night, McSally would own this bill, and all the damage it would do in CD2.
The major change being discussed is the elimination of the “community rating” provision, which basically mandates that everyone in a community who is the same age pays the same rate for health insurance. Without that safeguard, insurance companies could raise the price of policies for people with pre~existing conditions so high that they would effectively be denied insurance. See “Republican Health Care Bill Would Undermine Coverage for Pre~Existing Conditions,” below.
They’re saying they would leave it up to the states to decide (one of McSally’s favorite dodges) ~ but “in reality, (states) would be under enormous pressure from insurance companies to ditch the regulations.”
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