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Obama: Senate bill is a tax cut, not health care

23 Juin 2017

The Senate Republicans' draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was released on Thursday, and despite all the secrecy of this abysmal process, this bill is pretty familiar.

"If the bill is good for Nevada, I'll vote for it and if it's not, I won't", said GOP Senator Dean Heller. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee. 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.

"Senate Republicans know exactly what they are doing with this health care bill", Warren said in remarks on the Senate floor.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said the Senate bill was in some respects "dumber" and "more evil" than the plan that passed the House in May.

More significantly, ends Medicaid's longtime status as an open-ended entitlement, with Washington paying a share of what each state spends. It cuts deeply into Medicaid coverage, eliminates crucial taxes and gets rid of the vital individual mandate essential to making this insurance system work and keeping it affordable.

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McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOP toward achieving perhaps their fondest goal - repealing former President Obama's 2010 statute, his proudest domestic legacy. John O'Bannon, R-Henrico, a neurologist who is facing a rare election-year challenge, in part because of his opposition to Medicaid expansion. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the centrist has some misgivings about the bills as well.

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And I'll give you one guess which proverbial horse Planned Parenthood had backed. Even Cher chimed in, tweeting that the GOP runs against her in every race.

Insurance rates have increased, and we have yet to see the 2018 numbers, but under the Senate bill, cost sharing payments will be covered for few years. "At first glance, I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid".

The emerging Senate bill was described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

"If this money is cut, that doesn't necessarily mean that all cuts would occur in special education", Hampton City Schools spokeswoman Diana Gulotta said. "People will die", Warren said.

McConnell must navigate a narrow route in which defections by just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

The bill also fundamentally changes the funding for Medicaid, the government-run health insurance program for low-income Americans, and does away with the mandates requiring individuals and larger employers to obtain coverage.

The Montana Health Care Foundation has focused its analysis of the bill on Medicaid because it serves a vulnerable population, Wernham said.

"Senate Republicans have broken their promise to protect the American people and are trying to pass an inhumane piece of legislation that hurts middle-class New Yorkers, discriminates against women, defunds Planned Parenthood and turns its back on the most vulnerable Americans". He also says it "hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else". Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. The existing rule under the ACA stating that insurers can't charge people with preexisting conditions more than other people for the same policy will continue under the Senate bill. It would appear that even the least mean bill that has been considered would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their healthcare insurance coverage, eventually resulting in a declining quality of life and shortened lives. Protesters were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

Obama: Senate bill is a tax cut, not health care