House To Vote On GOP Health-Care Plan Today

A little-noticed amendment to the Obamacare repeal effort now before the House would let U.S. employers gut health coverage, The Wall Street Journal reported. Such a provision would affect about half the country, and the amendment lets states obtain waivers from certain Affordable Care Act regulations, freeing insurers from a mandate stipulating that they cover 10 types of health services, including prescription drugs, mental-health treatment, hospitalization, and maternity care, and set lifetime limits. โ€œItโ€™s huge,โ€ said Andy Slavitt, the former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. โ€œTheyโ€™re creating a backdoor way to gut employer plans, too.โ€ Still, other experts said the impact would be much smaller. โ€œThe real question is, would employers do this? Many wouldnโ€™t,โ€ said Larry Levitt, who serves as a senior vice president for the Kaiser Family Foundation. โ€œMany employers offer quality benefits to attract employees. But employers are always looking for ways to lower costs.โ€ The House is set to vote on the measure Thursday.