Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare about two weeks ago and are paying a price for it but Democrats are planning to rub it in further. They are targeting the GOP, hoping to make them suffer more at the ballot box in 2018. Democrats are pointing at a provision in the new healthcare proposal by Republicans that could push up insurance costs for patients with pre-existing conditions. Moderate Republicans who are heading home for a recess fear that the scene at town halls could be quite hostile as people pick up on this provision and could ask uncomfortable queries.
There are talks about a proposal being floated by members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. If it comes through, it would allow states to opt out of a couple of critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The first one mandates insurers to cover essential health benefits such as substance abuse and maternity care. The second provision is aimed at stopping insurers from charging higher rates based on the medical history or gender of patients. Both these proposals would prevent insurers from charging more from patients with any pre-existing conditions.
Republicans, keen to avoid yet another public debacle, don’t want to move another health care bill unless they are assured that they have the numbers needed for its passage.