Health care reform should be bipartisan

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 10, 2017

In Congress, Senate Republicans are working to pass a health care bill that would grant waivers to all states over whether they keep the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Over 20 percent of these children have special health care needs. While an MRI in the US costs four times more than an MRI in France, increases in USA life expectancy have flatlined relative to Western Europe.

Livingston County's Democrats also called on Collins "to reconsider his determination to take health care from so many in order to provide tax cuts to the wealthy". Patients will avoid care until more acute conditions develop and then seek assistance at hospital emergency departments.

On behalf of our Nebraska hospitals, the more than 40,000 individuals we employ and the more than 11,000 patients cared for each day in our state, I ask that the Nebraska Legislature and HHS continue to work with the Nebraska Hospital Association to address the problems occurring in the Heritage Health program. On the heels of the passage of House Republican's bill to do away with health care for an estimated 23 million Americans, the Senate Republican members received word last week that their legislation to repeal and replace wouldn't fare much better.

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The Senate bill, dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would allow states to receive federal matching Medicaid funds for up to 30 consecutive days of inpatient psychiatric hospital care, or 90 days in a year.

The bill also doubles the amount of money for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a federal program that provides debt forgiveness for medical professionals who practice in underserved locations. The choice of which service is right is dependent on expertise that the patients often don't have.

True self-insurance does not mean that doctors, hospitals, EMT services and those of us who do have insurance are forced to pick up the uninsured cost of those who have willingly chosen not to obtain it. And it won't lower the financial burden in the long run.

It is created to improve access to care, enhance health outcomes and reduce costs by eliminating inappropriate and unnecessary care through the use of preventive services and improved care coordination. Under the bill, states would also be able to decide whether health insurers in their jurisdiction could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions in the cost of their health coverage. Further, our primary health care system is totally inadequate. "The Senate bill will reverse this course and slow the growth of Medicaid without cutting actual benefits".

The loss of those funds would devastate health care services for people with mental illness, who are some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the country, said Bethany Lilly, deputy director of policy and legal advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, an advocacy group. If conservatives are serious about reducing health care costs, their policies should focus less on privatizing coverage and more on how we measure and evaluate data on patient outcomes and physician performance. "We are just not a progressive state when it comes to health care - it gets put on the back burner, it's all about politics, and that's a shame because good health is important part of everything we do".

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