ILLINOIS — Hundreds of thousands of people in the state could lose their health insurance next year according to a new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
Early reaction from Illinois’ leading lawmakers is skeptical at best. A handful of House Republicans from Illinois, like Rep. Peter Roskam and Rep. Rodney Davis are supporting the rough draft of the new “American Health Care Act,” which many are already calling “Trumpcare.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan is recruiting Republicans to back his plan. But don’t count on Governor Bruce Rauner to support it yet. Today, a spokeswoman from the governor’s office, Eleni Demertzis said,
“While the governor supports efforts to reform the ACA and bring relief to those struggling to pay for health care, he is deeply concerned about the impacts of this legislation on the people of Illinois.”
Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth also wrote a letter to the governor, claiming the American Health Care Act in it’s current form would force seniors to pay over $5,000 dollars more a year on healthcare on average, and would force Illinois to pay up to five times more for Medicaid. But Republican Congressman Rodney Davis, who supports the bill, says Medicaid already needed a fix.
“When it comes to Medicaid, if we keep the status quo, in less than two years, the state of Illinois is going to have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars just to make up for the reduced federal reimbursements that are already planned under the current law. I don’t think anyone thinks Springfield is going to be able to find money like that.”
Opposition is already forming in the Senate from conservative Republicans and leaders in the Democratic party.
“Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people, causing tens of millions to lose coverage and millions more seeing the costs of their healthcare going up,” warned New York Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“If there was ever a war on seniors, this bill – Trumpcare – is it.”
President Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services says this report doesn’t tell the whole story.
Tom Price explains, “The CBO looked at a portion of our plan, but not the entire plan. We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out. We believe that our plan will cover more individuals at a lower cost and give them the choices that they want for the coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not that the government forces them to buy.”