GOP opposition puts Senate health care bill in jeopardy

Olive Rios
June 23, 2017

When Trump stupidly referred to the House bill as "mean", he was nearly certainly referring to the provision in that measure that lets insurers charge higher premiums to those with preexisting conditions in states that have received a waiver from the federal government.

The Senate bill would effectively remove the Obama administration's incentives and disincentives that have encouraged individuals and companies to invest in broader health coverage. The Senate bill would adjust those percentages based on age, keeping the lower limit at around 2 percent, but exceeding 16.2 percent at the highest income and age group.

"The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance, ' Roy says". Multiple "Obamacare" taxes would also be eliminated.

Plus, the repeal effort remains unpopular. The bill would also phase out certain health benefits that insurance plans are now required to provide, such as preventive care screenings, emergency room visits, maternal and newborn care and lab tests. "He cuts health care for those who need it most just to give a tax break for those who need it least". More people would be left out from getting help paying for premiums.

The Senate bill would also cut all taxes related to the Affordable Care Act, including mandates that everyone have health insurance and that employers with more than 50 workers provide health coverage for their workers. Republicans say it costs too much and involves the federal government too much in healthcare. The majority of Medicaid spending goes toward covering the care costs of people who are disabled, elderly, and poor. Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for the program, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services. It would reduce over three years the federal money that states get to cover the new enrollees over three years, starting in 2021 and ending in 2024. "The proposed cuts to Medicaid under this bill will be devastating for children, seniors and people living with disabilities for whom health care is critical".

"A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good", he told reporters.

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"Not once have I or my colleagues been asked by a single Republican to work on this bill or discuss bipartisan fixes", said Democratic Sen. Americans oppose the House Republican bill by 3 to 1, according to a poll released Thursday. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.

"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs", the quartet continued in their statement. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

The Senate's bill offers increased financial assistance to some lower-income Americans to help them afford increasingly expensive private health insurance. Ends cost-sharing subsidies in 2020, while failing to clear up uncertainty about whether they can be paid now. "And while I know that division makes it hard to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today", Obama wrote.

KODJAK: The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare. But in a Republican-led healthcare future, states would have the option to not require insurers to cover substance abuse treatments.

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