Cruz, Cornyn Split On GOP Senate Healthcare Bill

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

The current bill does not repeal Obamacare.

The Association of American Medical Colleges called on senators to reject the health-care reform bill Republican lawmakers released Thursday. Those subsidies are a costly entitlement created by the ACA.

More than 170,000 West Virginians gained health care coverage under Medicaid expansion.

Republicans hold 52 out of 100 seats in the Senate and the latest bill is created to thread the needle to find an agreement between the party's conservative and more moderate wings.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".

The Senate bill would phase out extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program. The measure also repeals the mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance.

"Unimaginably, the Senate today took a bad House health care bill and made it much worse for the American people".

Senate bill: Pre-existing conditions could not be used as a basis to deny coverage or raise premiums.

But it would also be costly.

The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare. Medicaid cuts could indeed save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade and need not be overly draconian in order to do so.

The bill would require New York State to pick up the county share of Medicaid costs.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

ACA: Insurers required to cover essential health benefits, such as hospital visits and mental health care.

A version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, passed through the House of Representatives in May.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the bill at a closed-door session with party faithful.

They will frame the debate unless someone in the Senate Republican caucus speaks up for people with disabilities, people in nursing homes, the self-employed and those with chronic diseases whose access to health coverage is at risk.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

Nearly immediately, the pro-Trump group America First Policies chose to launch what a source with the group says will be a major television, radio and digital ad buy against Heller - a remarkable attack on a member of Trump's own party whose seat is endangered in 2018. He discussed how the Clinton administration had failed to pass a sweeping healthcare overhaul and said the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was "murder" for President Barack Obama to ram through Congress.

Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, who voted against a House-passed bill that would similarly roll back numerous Affordable Care Act components, said the Senate bill is even worse. Is the goal to save the government money?

Paul explained how the free market would be best suited to lower insurance costs.

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