Local senators react to health care bill

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

He said amendments during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". The Senate bill would implement automatic subsidy cuts if total individual market subsidies exceed 0.4% of GDP, a much lower cap than under ObamaCare. This bill calls into question coverage for the vulnerable, fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out and puts the health and well-being of millions of hard-working people in our states at risk, while shifting significant costs to the states.

The list of senators who could find themselves aligned with Heller if the bill goes much further in Paul's direction is just as long as the list of conservatives the Kentucky senator is leading.

Most senators got their first look at the bill as it was released Thursday morning, and some immediately voiced concerns. Collins "will be particularly interested in examining the forthcoming CBO analysis on the impact on insurance coverage, the effect on insurance premiums, and the changes in the Medicaid program", Clark wrote.

But the measure landed in rough seas ahead of a vote that Sen. "And we'll see if we can take care of that", Trump said in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday, calling the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people".

But the Senate bill would make subsidies less generous than under current law.

The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners.

"Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains", Ryan said at the time.

Meantime, Medicaid, the state-federal program covering the poor and near-poor, would endure punishing cuts over time, likely leading states to reduce enrollment, benefits or both. John McCain has said how he will vote.

But most senators said they haven't read the text of the legislation and withheld comment. "We're bigger than NY with more people on Medicaid and they get $23 billion from the fed government", said Scott, a former health care executive.

Now compare that to the 140-character misspelled crap we get from Trump. SAD! They know that the income-based tax credits that pay most of the insurance bill for some customers shield those people from big price hikes, said Robert Laszewski, a health care consultant and former insurance executive. The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2018 - a year later than the House bill. "If they liked the bill, they'd have brass bands marching down the middle of small-town America saying what a great bill it is". Medical bills are the biggest cause of USA bankruptcies and the Affordable Care Act reduced peoples medical debt. Bill Cassidy, R-La. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.

The Senate bill would give states more power to run their health care systems outside of ACA regulations, but the authority to do so would come under an existing provision of the health law, "Section 1332", which allows states to waive key provisions of the law. Those include continued payments of cost-sharing subsidies to insurers, a repeal of the tax on health insurers, and a $50 billion stability fund created by the law.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Bill 265 should be passed.

The Senate bill also slows the introduction of these Medicaid cuts, pushing the deepest wounds to the elderly into the future.

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.

Like the House bill, the Senate plan would eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes over the next decade, with large benefits for the wealthiest Americans.

An analysis of five major newspapers - Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post - showed that though newspapers did provide more in-depth coverage than television news, those papers nearly completely ignored the issue on the front page.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said. "And that part I think everybody should be able to support".

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