GOP Opposition Imperils Senate Health Care Bill

Lawrence Kim
June 23, 2017

"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", Sens.

In reviewing the bill, Sullivan, a Republican, said he will look at whether Alaska-specific issues are addressed.

Last week, President Donald Trump called the American Health Care Act approved by the House "mean" and urged the Senate to be more "generous".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. "That's not going to happen with us". "And policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said.

ABC News also reported that as the GOP bill was being released Thursday morning there was a "large protest gathered outside McConnell's office, with people in wheelchairs staging a 'die-in, ' and protesters chanting that no changes be made to Medicaid". And GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. "That in turn will make the risk pool much healthier, which will also lower premiums". The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2023. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.

The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare.

"It'll be hard to pass the bill - lot of differing points of view - and one week may not be enough time", Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah told CNN Thursday. Medicaid expansion, created by the Affordable Care Act, has dramatically reduced costs for Cook County public hospitals and clinics because so many more patients now are covered.

"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill". Medicaid funding would be capped on a per-person basis.

In his statement, Obama said the Senate bill is "not a health care bill".

During the press briefing later in the day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't go into specifics about where the president stood on various elements of the Senate version.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a vote before senators leave Washington, DC for the Fourth of July recess.

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The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said it would "stabilize crumbling insurance markets" and curb premium increases. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.

He is among the few Republicans who voted against the House health care bill last month, saying then that it also failed to fully repeal "Obamacare". The Senate Bill, did allow states to redefine what qualifies as an "essential" element of a healthcare plan. Starting in 2020, the Senate version would begin shifting increasing amounts of tax credits away from higher earners, making more funds available to lower-income recipients, some officials said. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

The Congressional Budget Office projected the House health-care plan would cost SC $2 billion over the next 10 years, Berkowitz said, estimating the Senate plan could cost even more.

Unlike the House bill, the Senate's would not lift the ban on insurers spiking the prices of those with pre-existing conditions. Medi-Cal, a joint program between the state and federal governments, was expanded under the Affordable Care Act in 2014.

By 2024, the bill would end Obamacare's federal money to expand Medicaid, which has allowed 4 million Californians to get insured.

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