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. β€œIt’s huge,” said Andy Slavitt, the former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. β€œThey’re creating a backdoor way to gut employer plans, too.” Still, other experts said the impact would be much smaller. β€œThe real question is, would employers do this? Many wouldn’t,” said Larry Levitt, who serves as a senior vice president for the Kaiser Family Foundation. β€œMany employers offer quality benefits to attract employees. But employers are always looking for ways to lower costs.” The House is set to vote on the measure Thursday.