Senate Plan To Replace Obamacare In Trouble

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Pres. Trump's optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of former President Barack Obama's health law. If it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote. They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

In a separate statement, Sen.

After Spicer spoke, Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican opponent on Friday, saying he would not support the bill in its current form.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. The C.B.O. said that the House bill would cut the budget deficit by a hundred and nineteen billion dollars over a decade.

Both bills would convert Medicaid from an entitlement program, in which federal payments are based on what states spend, to one with capped federal contributions, per-capita or lump-sum.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget.

Sister Campbell criticized the Republican-only drafting of the bill, and the announced intent of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to have a vote on the bill before the Fourth of July recess, which could severely limit debate on the bill or any amendments. The bottom line is that the Senate bill, because it does quite a bit less to price the relatively young and healthy into the market, and less to price older and low-income households out of it, may well show a net increase in premiums.

"There's a lot to digest".

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill". Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said as he left the gathering. "While we are still waiting for final numbers, every indication is that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating". The insurance they would buy under the bill might seem cheap at first, but it wouldn't be if they ended up paying more in deductibles. But older adults and people who require comprehensive coverage are likely to pay more. Tim Scott told reporters on Thursday.

Additionally, about 20 percent of Medicaid spending goes to provide nursing home care, including for middle-class seniors whose savings have been exhausted - a situation nearly any of us might confront. They want to get some points. Both bills start with various of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act, but those are mere appetizers. Kimmel, speaking about his newborn son's heart surgery, asked Congress to expand access to health insurance and to retain protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Those include: ambulance services, hospitalization, maternity care, prescription drug coverage and others. The Senate bill also calls for a tighter cap on federal spending in Medicaid overall than the House bill did. Protesters were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer. "Sadly, the Senate plan proposes even deeper cuts in Medicaid", said a statement from Larry Couch, director of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd's National Advocacy Center.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

A wild card will be CBO's analysis of the Senate TrumpCare bill's impact on premiums in states that opt to waive certain ObamaCare rules. No, this bill's primary goal, much like the goal of the House one before it, is not to give people better health care, but to give rich people more money and poor people less.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. As Reason's Peter Suderman put it, "The Senate GOP's New Health Care Bill Is Just ObamaCare, But Less Of It". It also would provide more generous tax subsidies than the House bill to help low-income people buy private insurance.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said, "Despite numerous efforts to collaborate and provide input throughout this process, women's health expertise was rejected. It is reckless for legislation that will have such an vast impact on Americans' lives and the economy to proceed without opportunity for public hearings or any external commentary".

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