Medical Groups Hate the 'Literally Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2017

The Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010 and is widely regarded as the Obama Administration's most significant legislative achievement.

With all Democrats expected to oppose the measure, the Republicans can afford to lose the support of only two of their 52 members if they want to pass the legislation. He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled over three years, from 2021 to 2024, and then enact deeper cuts in the program than the House version, beginning in 2025.

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich. He said along with support from President Donald Trump, "I think we're going to get this thing done, put it in conference and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced".

Before the election, Obamacare was working well enough to keep down the overall cost of health care. "We have not addressed that adequately", Sen.

"They seem to be enthusiastic about what we're producing tomorrow", No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Wednesday of White House officials.

Giaimo focuses on health care policy.

He said Medicaid funding is unfair because states with successful programs receive less money from the federal government than states with failing ones. "There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums". Johnson said Friday that would be "way too early". The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation". She was asked about the bill's impact on lower-income Iowans now covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

"It's all these mandates that have artificially driven up the cost of insurance on the individual market", Sen. "The only people who are better off under their bill are millionaires and health insurance companies". "But Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act, and we are", Mr McConnell said. Johnson said, "It's freaky what we've done to our healthcare markets". Under the Senate GOP plan, all this coverage is at risk. "Well, who is even going to pay for that?"

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