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Obama denounces 'fundamental meanness' of Senate GOP health care bill

Bennie Garza | 25 June, 2017, 18:45

Pennsylvania lawmakers are speaking out after the U.S. Senate's long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was unveiled on Thursday.

In a tweet, the former secretary of state wrote, "Forget death panels".

The top 1 percent of society will find their Obamacare taxes, those created to fund care for the poor, repealed.

In addition to Heller, Republicans expected to offer some pushback against the Senate bill include Maine's Susan Collins and Ohio's Rob Portman.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

At the same time, the proposal "would provide over $200 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people", Sanders said.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada told reporters on Friday that he will not vote for Senate Republican leadership's healthcare bill as it stands now. It would repeal the ACA's individual mandate to purchase health insurance, make deep cuts to Medicaid and withhold federal funding to Planned Parenthood for a year. But in practice, states could have the freedom to eliminate current coverage requirements for all sorts of essential benefits, from maternity care to mental health and substance abuse.

Moller said he wouldn't presume how Kennedy might vote, but noted the senator's public statements have been critical of Medicaid spending and supportive of efforts to scale back the program.

What is unmistakable is the Senate bill's thorough gutting of Medicaid as an entitlement, a long-held Republican goal. Any reasonable Senate Republican, including Sen.

McConnell, R-Ky., released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far.

Cassidy, who spent much of his medical career working for Louisiana's charity hospital system, has said he has problems with the bill that won House passage.

A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill.

"When you are doing something good, you want everyone to know", Menendez said.

But Sanders stopped short of saying that the bill enjoys Trump's full backing, hinting more tweaking down the road.

Overall, as rightly pointed out by Spencer Perlman, director of health-care research at Veda Partners, the Senate plan has the "same architecture" but with "nicer furnishings".

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