Monday, 24 September, 2018


Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill' Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'
Patty Aguilar | 23 June, 2017, 18:44

If legislation is to prevail in the Senate, McConnell can lose the support of only two of his 52 Republicans, assuming all 48 Democrats and independents oppose the bill, as expected. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Four Republican senators say they can not vote for the party's plan to replace the law commonly known as Obamacare, but not because it's too tough.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

The Senate version of the bill proposes heavy cuts to Medicaid funding, gives states the right to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions, temporarily cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, and repeals taxes on wealthier Americans that were used to fund numerous Affordable Care Act's provisions. It would eliminate taxes on the wealthy and insurance companies, but keep a provision that allows parents to keep their children on their insurance plans until age 26.

But McConnell may have a tough job convincing enough Republican senators that the Senate bill improves on the House version.

"The Medicaid cuts are even more draconian that the House bill was, though they take effect more gradually than the House bill did", Pearson says. Home-state governors, including Republicans, have lobbied to avoid the kind of Medicaid cuts the GOP Congress is proposing.

Those similarities could make it easier for Republicans in the Senate and House when they begin negotiations on one, unified bill that would head to the President's desk.

"It's going to be very good", President Donald Trump told reporters. What was helpful to us, that we didn't have Senate leadership playing armchair quarterback with us.

AVIK ROY: The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance. He said it provides more money for hospitals that serve low-income residents who don't have insurance and provides new funding for opioid abuse issues.

It's no surprise that Obama came out against the bill, which would eviscerate his signature health care legislation.

However, she did let Todd know that while she is expressing severe reservations right now, she will wait until the Congressional Budget Office releases its score of the bill next week. (See the exchange-implosion map here.) In short, the GOP Senate bill leaves in place what is arguably Obamacare's worst feature. For Alaska, the effects could be enormous as 10.3% of the population is in poverty and 26.4% have no health insurance, according to "Talk poverty".

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