What the health care bill means for you

Big changes from subsidies to taxes
Posted at 9:36 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2019-10-07 13:15:02-04

The Health Care Bill passed by the Congress would replace subsidies with tax credits. While it would provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, it would weaken some of the protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

RELATED: House republicans pass health plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

Insurers can charge older customers more, and it would eliminate ObamaCare taxes.

But none of this is a done deal yet, the politics of your health is only the beginning.

On Thursday, congress cleared the path for major changes to your health care and how much you pay for it.

"The Medicare portion is going to be pretty much untouched by this," says Dr. Jay Wolfson with USF.




He says lawmakers on both sides have known for years that health care was flawed, and instead of fixing it, played politics with your health care.

"9 years ago we said it's really flawed...They said we know that, we'll fix it...they never got around to fixing it."

Now Republicans are making changes, but the details are unclear and uncertain to the public.

"The republicans crafting a bill in all of its changes in rooms no public can see...they're not even going back to their districts to share drafts of the bill they are not getting scores on it to see what the impact will be financially," notes Dr. Wolfson.

So what does the future of this bill look like?

"It is a long way of becoming law," says Dr. Susan MacManus, political science professor with USF.

"For republicans it was very embarrassing that they could not get something done the first time out...the idea now is they have to show...they can do something...action and not just talk," she notes.

This vote went down mostly along party lines.

Every Tampa Bay Area Republican voted in favor of this bill.

Every Florida Republican voted for it, except a Miami Congresswoman who's not running for re-election.

Depending on what's in the bill, it may need 60 votes to pass the Senate.

There are 52 republicans, so they may need 8 Democrats to essentially defect and vote in favor of this.

That's not likely to happen without major changes.