Health Care

Four Republican senators not ready to vote for healthcare bill

Four Republican senators not ready to vote for healthcare bill

Barack Obama has blasted the Republican Party's new healthcare bill as "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".

After Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in the Georgia special election for a vacant House seat this week, Republicans, including Trump, gloated that they hoped House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., would remain in their jobs, citing their unpopularity with some moderate voters. That's where, when we have to absorb risk when people get sick, it should come out of their profit. Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman had sought $45 billion over 10 years.

Rand Paul's support of the Senate Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, beginning Friday.

Trump intends to focus on speaking with Paul and Cruz, and plans to allow other officials to pursue the votes of other potential renegades, according to the report. But health experts say Medicaid enrollees will likely forgo coverage altogether under the Senate Republicans' health care bill, leaving them uninsured.

MI is one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, opening the program to most people between the ages of 19 and 64 who have an income 138 percent of the federal poverty level - about $16,000 for a single person. In a way, Chandler said, Texas has the advantage here: It is one of 19 states that chose not to expand Medicaid, and so it will feel the sting of this cut less than other, more liberal states might.

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Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday is even worse in some ways than the terrible bill the House narrowly approved in May.

McConnell released the bill after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. Essentially, plans would see lower monthly premiums but raises costs when patients need care.

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law. It would offer less generous subsidies for people than Obama's law but provide billions to states and insurance companies to buttress markets that in some areas have been abandoned by insurers.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. Four conservative senators quickly announced their opposition to the current draft. Health care protesters are fanning out across their states to visit senators' offices, even holding 24-hour vigils to call attention to the most vulnerable Americans who would be most harmed by this bill. Not really. Does the new bill have the "heart" that Trump demanded? She is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed to it as written which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy. "And we'll see if we can take care of that".

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Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program.

Senate GOP bill: There is no penalty for having a break in coverage and no waiting period for consumers to use their insurance.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. Sandoval introduced Heller at the press conference with remarks explaining how the Senate bill would lose Nevada hundreds of millions of dollars to cover its low-income population. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024. That would make the insurance all but useless to people with costly pre-existing conditions, which will discourage many people from buying it. It would provide subsidies based on income, cost of coverage and age, jettisoning the House plan to base assistance mainly on age.

Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas and AP reporter Thomas Beaumont contributed from Des Moines.

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