Nevada Rep. Amodei Says He'll Vote 'Yes' on Health Care Bill
Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei says he will vote 'yes' on the American Health Care Act.
From the Office of Rep. Mark Amodei:
Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) on Thursday released the following statement in regards to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA):
“Since the convening of the 115th Congress four months ago, my office has been conducting extensive research into the various AHCA proposed reforms.
“The notions that healthcare in general, and the seven-year-old Affordable Care Act in particular, needed further legislative action, are in my opinion – valid.
“With Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposal – the AHCA – introduced several months ago, my primary focus in evaluating that proposal was, and remains, the impacts on Nevada’s second largest insurance group – those on Medicaid (21%).
“When speaking on the Medicaid issue, I break Nevadans on Medicaid into two groups. Those on traditional Medicaid: children, pregnant women, disabled, and the elderly. And those Nevada Medicaid enrollees whose eligibility was established through Medicaid expansion and by the Affordable Care Act.
“I am happy to indicate to Nevada traditional Medicaid enrollees, that my review of the current version of the AHCA will make no changes in current enrollee eligibility and will likely increase federal funding to Nevada’s traditional Medicaid program based on Nevada’s historical per capita growth rate, versus the growth rate provided in the bill.
“With respect to Nevada’s expanded Medicaid enrollees, my overriding concern was that the AHCA would leave Nevada with a nearly $245 million shortfall by cutting federal Medicaid funding to the states over the coming four years. So long as that potential deficit was a possibility for Nevada – I was a “no” vote. The prospect of either kicking Nevada Medicaid expansion enrollees off of Medicaid, or forcing the 2019 Legislature to make up a nearly quarter of a billion dollar loss in federal Medicaid funding was, and is not, acceptable to me.
“As a result of extensive discussions, further research, and the involvement of present and former Nevada Medicaid officials, Secretary Tom Price of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Vice President Mike Pence, and the House Republican Leadership – I have identified language in the present version of H.R. 1628 which establishes the following facts:
1. “Any Nevadan who has enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program from its inception in 2014 through the end of 2019 is free to remain in the program so long as their income does not exceed 138% of the national poverty level. This is current law under the Affordable Care Act;
2. “Nevada will continue to receive enhanced federal Medicaid funding for enrollees that it is currently receiving for as long as that enrollee stays in that program;
3. “Present expanded enrollees lose eligibility only if they exceed income of 138% of the national poverty level, or if they elect to take employer provided or private health insurance;
4. “Included in the bill are tax credits paid in advance (available even if the individual doesn’t owe taxes) and additional cost-sharing mechanisms to ensure those recently leaving Medicaid can have access to insurance on the private market;
5. “These conclusions are based on the language contained in the bill, which is attached for your reference.
“Accordingly, I have concluded that the potential for Nevada deficits or expanded Medicaid enrollees being kicked off of Medicaid will be avoided. While I know anything to do with American healthcare is incredibly controversial, we need to continue the process of improving healthcare in America. I fully expect the Senate to continue what has been a raucous discussion to say the least. Nevertheless, American healthcare badly needs work. With my vote today, I am supporting a start of that newest work chapter, while attempting to protect Nevadan’s healthcare interests.”
From the Office of Rep. Mark Amodei
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released this statement:
Republicans are gung-ho to ram through yet another disastrous health care "replacement." But now, Trumpcare 2.0 is even worse than the original version – harming even more people and gutting protections for people with preexisting conditions.
While the GOP's first repeal bill would have left 24 million people, many of who gained coverage from the Affordable Care Act, without insurance, this bill is even more dangerous. Trumpcare 2.0 would result in those with preexisting conditions – the exact folks who need coverage the most – with less access to health care at an even higher cost.
For many Americans, affordable health care is literally a matter of life and death. That's why I need you to stand with Democrats in a united front to tell the GOP: Don't gut our health care! Will you sign our petition to join us and say enough is enough – drop the attacks on the Affordable Care Act?
One of the most critical and valuable pieces of the Affordable Care Act is the fact that insurance companies are prohibited from denying people coverage because they are or have been sick. And make no mistake about it: Gutting this critical provision would result in skyrocketing premiums for those who are sick with far less access to care.
And what's even more egregious about Trumpcare 2.0 is that the GOP wants to keep ACA-level protections for themselves but strip them from every other American. They know how harmful this bill is, and even they don't want it! This is the definition of reckless, and I'm sick and tired of it.
I'm committed to this fight, but I need to know you're still with us in protecting our health care. Will you join me and tell the GOP to abandon these relentless attacks on our health care?
If the GOP refuses to get the message the American people have sent loud and clear, then we're only going to keep getting louder.
From Senator Catherine Cortez Masto