Senate Health Care Bill Could Be In Jeopardy As Conservatives Announce Opposition

Henrietta Strickland
June 23, 2017

The subsidies will be linked to recipients' income in the Senate bill, a "major improvement" from a measure approved last month by the House that tied them exclusively to age, Republican Senator Susan Collins said.

"I am very supportive of the Senate healthcare bill".

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", Cruz said in a statement, joined by Sens.

Sister Keehan in her statement urged Congress "to ensure that the funds now supporting health care programs remain in the system under any legislative proposal, instead of being diverted for tax cuts for the more fortunate".

GOP leaders hope to vote on the bill next week and can only afford two defections from the 52 Senate Republicans.

"Over time, it will hopefully go up less rapidly than it was otherwise going to go up, but sort of permanently expanding federal contributions in the Medicaid category are simply not a catastrophic cut, as some would like to characterize it", Toomey said. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions.

"I expect there's going to be a number of changes between now and the final vote", said Senator John Barrasso.

"The Republicans in the Senate have decided that bill wasn't cruel enough".

And at least one conservative group isn't pleased with the Senate's plan either.

The draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been posted on her website for constituents to read.

Texas's other US senator, John Cornyn, a member of McConnell's GOP leadership team, unsurprisingly said he was on board.

Senate GOP bill: Similar requirement to avoid a break in coverage, but penalty is a six-month wait for policy to take effect. Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay those tax boosts. It still ends the Medicaid expansion that helped 20 million people get insured (although one year later than the House proposed).

The state Department of Health and Human Resources has said it would not be able to pay for the coverage expansion without the higher federal matching funds. But in a Republican-led healthcare future, states would have the option to not require insurers to cover substance abuse treatments.

Said Wayne Goodwin, the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party and a former state insurance commissioner, "This is a cruel bill that makes unsafe, life-threatening cuts to Medicaid, undermines protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and makes it harder for millions more to afford basic health insurance".

The office is expected to issue its report on the Senate draft next week.

"And above all, we urge our elected officials always to keep in mind the unborn and the many millions of poor individuals and vulnerable families who will be affected by any changes to our health care system", she continued. Representatives from the Federation of American Hospitals, the National Rural Health Association, and the Children's Hospital Association also expressed their opposition to the bill to Stat News reporters Erin Mershon and Max Blau.

It would largely retain the subsidies Obama provided to help millions buy insurance, which are pegged mostly to people's incomes and the premiums they pay. "The answer is that it is affecting funding for critical services that we provide", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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