What Would the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Mean for Michigan?

22 million Americans would no longer have health insurance under Senate Republican’s plan to overhaul federal health care laws. That’s according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Right here in Michigan, both the House and Senate plans would kill Michigan’s Medicaid expansion. That’s more than 600,000 low-income people who would lose the insurance they got through the Healthy Michigan program. 

Republicans in Washington say the plan would protect patients, care providers, and taxpayers from a health care system that is failing. Despite Republican optimism, supporters of the GOP plan face an uphill battle in the Senate. 

POLITICO healthcare reporter Paul Demko speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about the Republican proposal. 

It’s looks increasingly difficult for the Senate to get this bill passed,” says Demko. “This idea that you can have better coverage for more people for less money is just not possible.” 

Marc Correvau, vice president of government relations for Henry Ford Health System and a former state lawmaker, says the Republican bill could hurt state hospitals, which bear the cost of uncompensated care for uninsured individuals. Under Obamacare, such individuals were able to access healthcare with their insurance paid for.

A lot of the components of a healthy healthcare market center around the hospitals,” he says. “This could be potentially devastating for the state of Michigan and its hospitals.?

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill:

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