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What the Health-Care Vote Means for the Midterm Elections

26 Juin 2017

The proposed Republican health care bill released by Senate leadership this week will "kill Massachusetts" without addressing any of the real flaws in Obamacare, Congressman Stephen Lynch said yesterday.

Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change".

As it turns out, one of the bill's biggest impacts will be on Medicaid, both for people who qualified for Medicaid coverage prior to the Affordable Care Act and for those who secured coverage due to the program's expansion under President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

With Democrats and independents unified in opposition, McConnell can only afford to lose two of the 52 GOP votes in the Senate.

Then he criticizes two prominent Democratic senators.

"It's not going to get any easier", Cornyn said at a Koch network summit, the Los Angeles Times reported. They fight each other.

Trump has denigrated Democrats on numerous occasions, including a jab at Democratic Sen. "I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas". I hope I'm not lying to myself. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" he wrote. "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it". "They're living healthier and happier lives because of that decision", he said.

"I would like to delay", said Sen. But with five senators opposing the draft, its chance of passage is in question. Several senators whose states embraced the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid expressed concerns that the bill may go too far.

"This bill will result in higher costs, less care and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, particularly through Medicaid", Schumer said. "They're doing the same old Washington thing, throwing more money at the problem". The federal-state program provides health care to the poor, disabled and many nursing home patients. Not really. Does the new bill have the "heart" that Trump demanded?

We're going to have to see what the Congressional Budget Office says about what this would do the insurance system and what it would do the federal deficit.

He told reporters at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado that Trump will be "important" in securing the final votes. The problem we don't have is how to help 27-year-olds get cheaper insurance.

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The new bill is meant to walk a delicate line in its relatively modest tweaks to the measure that passed the House last month.

Republicans have been on a multi-decade quest to fundamentally alter Medicaid, which provides health benefits for low-income Americans and those with disabilities. Obamacare drastically increased Medicaid enrollment by raising the percent of income over the poverty rate necessary to qualify for the program.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) is the fifth Republican in the Senate to object to the plan.

Schatz says the bill will also lower taxes for those at the top of the food chain.

"This is not just a repeal of Obamacare", said Donald Berwick, a former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the Obama administration.

HSA savers: The Senate bill boosts the tax break for people in high-deductible plans in both the individual market and employer plans, by allowing them to put enough into their health savings accounts to cover much more of their out-of-pocket costs. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill. Famous last words, right?

The senator said "I'm not finished reading it", claiming he has only looked through some "40 to 45 percent" of the bill.

Johnson has said the measure leaves too much of Obamacare in place and would not lower premiums to make health care less expensive.

Schumer said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.

Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a longtime GOP adviser, says the Republican approach is "180 degrees different in its economic and budgetary philosophy", from the course steered by Obama. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill February 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sen. Johnson spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press".

What the Health-Care Vote Means for the Midterm Elections