Republican Rep. Dan Donovan of New York told CNN on April 27 that the new Republican health care plan would result in sick people paying more for insurance coverage (video below).
CNN noted that the American Health Care Act has a new amendment by Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey: "Nothing in this act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to limit access to health coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions."
CNN also noted that under the GOP health care plan, insurance companies are allowed to charge sick people more money based upon their illness, which is a pre-existing condition clause that will limit health care to, basically, the shape of patients' finances.
"You can term it what you want, it doesn’t help the people I represent," Donovan told the cable news channel.
Donovan said that he opposed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because insurance premiums, deductibles and copayments were too high, which he believes the GOP replacement plan will make worse.
"[The GOP health plan] would cost people more than it’s costing them now, people who are already sick," Donovan stated. "And that's not going to help those people."
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans favor requiring all states to protect people with pre-existing conditions from being charged more or denied coverage, and favor minimum health benefits for all. Both of those features are the law under Obamacare.
The new GOP health care plan would allow states to ask for a waiver to drop those protections, which would allow insurance companies to charge people more money because they have pre-existing conditions; 26 percent of Americans want that, according to the poll.
Sixty-two percent of Americans believe that all states should require insurance plans to include maternity care, preventative care and prescription coverage, which is also the law under Obamacare.
The GOP plan and 33 percent of Americans want to allow the states to decide via waiver, which would allow insurers to drop those benefits.
Republican supporters of the GOP plan have insisted it would drop insurance prices, but there are no requirements that force insurance companies to lower prices (price controls) in the GOP plan.
In California, a universal health care plan, SB 562, made it through the state's Senate Health Committee on April 26, notes the Los Angeles Times.
The proposed single payer plan would use "broad-based revenue" to cover all residents, including undocumented immigrants. The state would pay for people's inpatient/outpatient care, vision, dental care, nursing home care and ER visits.