Tea Party House Republicans Still Fighting to Kill Essential Health Benefits

Tea Party House Republicans Still Fighting to Kill Essential Health Benefits

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Is this the health care deal that results when a group of men (there are no women involved in negotiations…) who have federal health care insurance sit in a room for hours?

House Tea Party Republicans, otherwise known as “The Freedom Caucus” are pushing to resurrect repealing Obamacare after failing in embarrassment to do so two weeks ago. 

And what are the two key issues?

1. Repealing Obamacare’s “essential health benefits” and,

2. Repealing the existing community ratings provision.

Why the House Tea Party Republicans and the White House think this would win votes by moderate House Republicans is anyone’s guess. They won’t. 
Why would anyone vote to remove basic health care as mandated in Obamacare?  Are some House Republicans trying to lose the House in 2018? Why would anyone vote against any of the following benefits?
  • Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care you get without being admitted to a hospital)
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (both before and after birth)
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices (services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills)
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care (but adult dental and vision coverage aren’t essential health benefits)
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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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