GOP opposition puts Senate health care bill in jeopardy


Senate Rand Paul (R-KY), who does not support the bill as it now stands, also appeared on the show and said he would like to "legalize low-cost insurance", and ultimately have Medicaid patients go on "inexpensive" plans - likely private plans. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, wants next week.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Next week, the public will learn how many million people will be affected under the Senate's plan.

The "healthcare bill" that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn't really about health care at all.

Health care experts immediately attacked the bill for scaling back Medicaid, which would result in millions losing insurance.

In May, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill backed by Republicans and President Donald Trump.

Mr. McConnell and many of his aides are also eager to get to the business of changing the tax code, which they view as less hard than health care, and have been working with the White House behind the scenes to get that effort started. Obamacare now lets insurers charge older people only three times more.

Two Milwaukee health care leaders questioned why the bill had to be voted on next week.

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The Senate bill's real-world impact is still unknown, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to provide an estimate early next week. "The Senate bill touches very little of the underlying architecture of Obamacare; all it does is eliminate the insurance mandates, cut spending and give states somewhat more autonomy in how those dollars are spent".

"It's a train wreck", said Steve Butterfield, policy director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, an Augusta-based health advocacy group.

Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch have indicated support for repealing the Affordable Care Act in the past.

Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. He may, of course, be convinced that the Senate can pass this bill.

The controversial new bill would roll back much of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, by drastically scaling back Medicaid funding that goes towards health coverage for people on a low income and tax credits for middle-class Americans who buy their own healthcare insurance. "Home and community-based services are what allow us to do our jobs, live our lives and raise our families". It also could make coverage more expensive for many sicker, older and low-income individuals. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024. Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill reveale. There are several measures in the Senate bill that would increase deductibles and co-pays for many Obamacare policyholders.

The Senate bill would phase out extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program.

Bedlin cited the Medicaid cuts and per-capita caps that would harm elderly people who rely on the program to pay for their long-term care. The big cuts to Medicaid wouldn't happen until 2021, and some of them would be delayed for another four years beyond that. The AHCA would leave 23 million people without health coverage and slash Medicaid's budget by $834 billion over 10 years, the CBO found.

Medicaid is a program for the low-income and disabled, funded with a blend of federal and state dollars, and the 265,000 in ME who have Medicaid consist of mostly the disabled, children and low-income seniors who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare.