Insurer trade group blasts latest ObamaCare repeal bill

Insurer trade group blasts latest ObamaCare repeal bill
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The nation's leading insurer group came out against the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal effort Wednesday, warning that it could destabilize the individual market and hurt people with pre-existing conditions. 

In a letter to Senate leadership, America's Health Insurance Plans said a repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Polling analyst: Changes to legal immigration ‘the real sticking point among Democrats’ Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.) would have "real consequences on consumers and patients."

The bill would further destabilize the individual market; cut Medicaid; pull back on protections for pre-existing conditions; not end taxes on health insurance premiums and benefits; and potentially allow government-controlled, single-payer health care to grow, wrote Marilyn Tavenner, the group's President and CEO.

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"While we cannot support this proposal, we will keep working to find the right solutions that reflect the commitment we all share: affordable coverage and high-quality care for every American. By working together, we can improve health care and deliver the coverage and care that every American deserves," she said. 

The trade association has been mostly silent during the repeal process, but did come out against a "skinny" repeal bill that died on the floor in July. 

Opposition to the latest bill is mounting, as some governors, health care groups and others come out against it. 

The bill would largely dismantle ObamaCare and convert its funding to block grants to states, giving them flexibility to design new programs.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.) said the leader intends to consider the bill on the floor next week.