Leaders and Organizations Weigh In On Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- The South Carolina Department of Insurance said the cost of coverage under the Affordable Care Act will rise in our state next year. Bob Hartwig of Darla Moore’s School of Business says the palmetto state is not alone.

“The ACA premiums are raising in most states including South Carolina simply because of higher health insurance cost for individuals who purchased coverage through those exchanges.”

The agency said the rates will increase by 31 percent for individuals, experts said this percentage is higher than employer sponsored health care plans that most people have.

While premiums continue to go up for the act, Senator Lindsey Graham is pushing a health care plan along with Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy to repeal and replace it.

A growing of number of health related organizations continue to speak in opposition of the bill, including majority state provider Blue Cross Blue Shield, saying partially in a statement : “the legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans’ choice of health plans. Legislation must also ensure adequate funding for Medicaid to protect the most vulnerable. ”

Many have raised concerns about whether pre-existing conditions would still be covered under the bill. Experts said whether or not it does depends on who you ask. If you ask Senator Graham, “In the block grant to the states, we mandate every state shall cover pre-existing illnesses with affordable and credible care<” Graham began. That means there will be 50 different approaches to how to deal with pre-existing illnesses but everybody will have to cover people who have been sick before. You can’t deny health care insurance to people who have been sick.”

In a letter to President Trump, Governor McMaster said he stands by the bill but opposition continues to grow on the hill at this hour. The vote on the bill is expected to take place next week.

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