New Republican Health Bill Still Puts Families and the Handicapped at Risk, says Dr. Cohen of the Lakewood Vaad

Republican Senate leaders unveiled a new version of their proposed health care reform bill on Thursday, in the hope that the revisions will bring enough Republican senators onboard for the legislation to pass the U.S. Senate. The Better Care Reconciliation Act features several “improvements” over the original Republican reform proposal, including the ability to sell cheaper, low benefit plans; additional funding for states to cover high cost enrollees; and funding for major addiction treatment programs.

However, Dr. Jonathan Cohen of The Lakewood Vaad says that, upon close glance, the legislation remains very troubling for low and moderate income families in New Jersey and across America. Dr. Cohen observes that the revised legislation leaves intact steep reductions in future federal Medicaid aid to states.

This will inevitably harm families who have been eligible for low cost plans under Medicaid, including those locally who have been able to buy insurance under NJ Family Care since 2007.

“The Vaad is keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Washington and reaching out to our elected officials to reinforce to them that any Obamacare replacement plan should not reverse over a decade of gains in healthcare,” says Dr. Cohen. “We cannot rest until we ensure that families in need across New Jersey are not hurt.”


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There are 4 Comments to "New Republican Health Bill Still Puts Families and the Handicapped at Risk, says Dr. Cohen of the Lakewood Vaad"

  • Actuary says:

    Its only at risk if medicad is run the same way. However, states can choose to run medicad more efficiently.

    For starters why not charge all medicad recipients a copay? Aiside for the actual added monies that a copay brings in, it also encourages people to be more responsible and make wiser health choices since now it cost money. And yes perhaps you can sometime spush off you child’s sick visit and let it heal by itself. If it cost you money you would.

    Another idea is work on wellness. It requires adults to go for well visits speak to a nutritionist etc.. and commit to eating healthy. Technically all you have to do is play along with the motions but when you play along for long enough you will stick to a more healthy life style. It should be a medicad requirement.

    They can also cut dentistry and free glasses

    There are ways to cut costs without cutting how many people they cover. It does not have to harm low income by that much.

  • Hi says:

    It would be nice if the middle class is worried about too. How many of us are paying thousands of dollars a year and don’t have money for other things.

  • Overtaxed says:

    I agree with high. The middle class has been getting the short end of the stick for a long time.

    Concern is only for those who don’t pay for health insurance what about those paying $16k per year, and still have to pay taxes, tuition, mortgage etc.

    The current situation is unsustainable, and the middle class in this country has been shrinking for over a decade.

  • chaim says:

    There is no middle class on wealthy and poor.

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