'Obamacare Is Dead': Trump 'Very Supportive' of Senate GOP Healthcare Bill

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 23, 2017

But it was unclear if, or how, the Senate would follow the House's path and forbid the use of health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is among four Republican senators who say they're not ready to vote for the Affordable Care Act replacement bill being pushed by GOP leaders, putting the plan in jeopardy.

That increased the pressure on Senate Republicans to keep Obamacare's preexisting condition "protection". "I will do everything in my power to stop this devastating Trumpcare bill from ever becoming law, and I urge all Granite Staters to continue telling your stories and making your voices heard about how harmful this bill would be for you".

"That's going to be a decision that falls on the new governor and whoever's in the legislature". Meanwhile, the Senate's measure considers age, income and geography, but apparently people would need to be lower-income than under the ACA to receive them. The Senate bill would repeal the tax this year. Obamacare had the "individual mandate" that fined people for not buying insurance. That focuses financial assistance on people with lower incomes. His promise to repeal and replace Obamacare while also touting "coverage for all" had a unique resonance.

But they had cited examples that gave the program more time than the three-year phaseout outlined Thursday by the Senate. "The Senate Bill may be even meaner". But it also opens the door for poor people to face significantly higher out-of-pocket costs.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who's up for re-election next year, blasted the GOP legislation and the way it was drafted.

But there are two key changes.

Less than one-third of Americans support it, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

LISA DESJARDINS: The Senate did break with the House on a few issues.

Other Republican senators thinks the bill goes too far in its cuts. These bills would decimate Medicaid with more than $800 billion in spending cuts over a decade, weaken the Medicare trust fund, and leave tens of millions more people without insurance than under current law.

The president did not offer a direct endorsement of the bill in his first remarks on the draft, saying just that he hoped Republican leaders in the upper chamber would pass a healthcare plan "with heart".

LISA DESJARDINS: The Congressional Budget Office says it will have its analysis of the bill by early next week. The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2023.

The tax was imposed to help pay for Obamacare.

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