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How the Senate Health Bill Likely Differs From House Bill, Obamacare

How the Senate Health Bill Likely Differs From House Bill, Obamacare”

There's a reference to the Congressional Budget Office's estimation that 23 million people will lose health care under the new plan: "That's not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office".

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.

"It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".

"It cuts health and medical care for our neighbors who need it the most to provide tax cuts to the rich".

Senate GOP bill: Also provides a pathway for states to seek benefit waivers. After noting that ill, elderly, and new families could be hit most disproportionately by the bill, Obama went on to highlight the "small tweaks" to the bill that have been taking place during behind-the-scenes planning among Senate Republicans.

The Senate bill would lock in Florida's already low Medicaid funding for the next decade or more, making it hard to keep covering eligible Floridians and leaving little money for public health threats such as Zika, warns Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

However, under Senate rules, there's a chance abortion restrictions on private insurance plans may be struck down.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. President Trump said he wasn't sitting on secret recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Senate GOP bill: Premium subsidies are keyed to income, age and geography, and are more tightly focused on lower-income people. "She has met with and heard the concerns of many Mainers about their health care challenges, and she will continue to do so as she studies the impact of this legislation on ME and the nation". But they add that the measure fails to accomplish what they have promised to their constituents, "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs". And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

Cruz, a conservative from deep-red Texas who is also up for re-election in 2018, also said that the bill didn't go far enough to lower premiums.

McConnell is pushing toward a vote next week but Paul's stance throws that into question.

Having criticized the way the Democrats rammed through the Obama health bill in 2010, the Republicans are now doing something similar, and unlike the Dems are not holding a single committee hearing.

Well, he probably won't get one Democratic vote for the version that Mitch McConnell unveiled yesterday.

Some of the protesters are being escorted individually. The Medicaid cut also includes disability services. Phillip Corona says he traveled from Wisconsin to make his voice heard.

Some people who now get no Medicaid and no help paying for insurance could arguably benefit from new access to subsidies. Phillip Corona fears that changes to the program "would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home". Both would get rid of the individual and employer mandates, as well as eliminate taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., respond in a Sunday exclusive. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless".

Rather than creating a new waiver process (as the House bill would), the Senate bill simplifies and streamlines a waiver process in current law (referred to as Section 1332).

And there's criticism of the GOP's secrecy surrounding their bill: "We didn't fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain".

Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

Late Thursday, Trump tweeted, "I am very supportive of the Senate (hash) HealthcareBill. Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate".

The sources said that in some instances, the documents McConnell planned to release might suggest optional approaches for issues that remain in dispute among Republicans.

Shares of hospital companies and health insurers rose on the bill's release, with the overall S&P 500 healthcare sector closing up 1.1 percent at an all-time high. But they didn't, which shows the true priorities of the Senate Republicans. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.

Obama law: Raised taxes on upper-income people and health care companies to finance coverage expansion.

Thanks to those subsidies, a person who makes between 100 and 150 percent of the federal poverty level today is on the hook for only 6 percent of their health care costs, on average.

Under Obama's law, "many of those people would have gotten much more generous plans", she said.

Democrats are united in opposition.

But some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he'd like to whisk it to passage.

"The Senate bill may be even meaner".

McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week.



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