How Senate, House Obamacare overhaul bills compare

Olive Rios
June 23, 2017

The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get waivers to ignore some coverage standards that "Obamacare" requires of insurers. He noted that because of changes to the eligibility for the health care exchanges, states could just eliminate Medicaid coverage and dump people in the exchanges with zero help or support.

Democrats attacked the Republican proposal and all 48 senators in the caucus have pledged to vote against it. Democrats, and some Republicans, have expressed frustration with how the bill was drafted. That means McConnell can afford to lose no more than two Republicans in order to pass a bill, which is opposed by all Democrats and the chamber's two independents. They said GOP characterisations of the law as failing are wrong and claimed the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

But the two-term Democrat jumped into the fray on Thursday, anyway, in an effort to sink the unpopular bill that four Senate Republicans have said they can not support.

"At first glance, I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", Heller said.

"It didn't sound to me that [the conservatives' statement] was all that hard to work with", Sen.

President Donald Trump had used the word "mean" to describe the House version of the bill.

"It's going to be important to get the president's support to get us across the finish line", No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Wednesday of White House officials. His Republican-led state of Arizona opted to expand Medicaid programs, adding nearly 2 million Arizonans to the health care roles. Some from states that have expanded have battled to delay the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly.

Begins to cut Medicaid program expansion starting in 2021, with a three-year phase out.

The Medicaid program now covers 20 percent of all Americans, 49 percent of all births, 60 percent of all kids with disabilities, and 64 percent of all nursing home residents.

Surprise! Looks like Senate bill will be more moderate than the bill that came from the House.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

One of the main features of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was its requirement that most people purchase health insurance. Many Democrats and Republicans did not know what was in the bill that could overhaul one-sixth of the economy.

It would also bar the use of the bill's health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions, a major demand for conservatives. For some Republicans, the bill does not go far enough-they object to the slow roll-out of cuts to the Medicaid expansion and want more immediate change.

The Senate bill would provide money to stabilize the individual insurance market, allotting $15 billion a year in 2018 and 2019 and $10 billion a year in 2020 and 2021.The Senate bill proposes defunding Planned Parenthood for a year, but abortion-related restrictions are less stringent than the House version. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.

Mr Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty over those funds as reasons why they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.

An estimated 23 million people could lose their health care under the plan narrowly passed by the House, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO is expected to weigh in on the Senate draft bill early next week.As lawmakers made speeches about the legislation on the Senate floor, a protest erupted outside McConnell's personal office, with many people in wheelchairs blocking a hallway, holding signs and chanting: "No cuts to Medicaid".

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