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Obama denounces 'fundamental meanness' of Senate GOP health care bill

While repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act was one of President Trump's principal campaign promises, he acknowledged Friday crafting a quality health care bill that can appeal to the majority is a process that often takes a long time - a process he has tried to speed up. If passed in its current form, the Senate bill would greatly weaken Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides insurance to almost 69 million people, more than any other government or private program.

The American Health Care Act would allow individuals 26 years of age and under to maintain health coverage under their parents' insurance plans as is guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide health care to tens of millions of people.

But despite the heavy words, Senator McConnell must navigate a narrow route in pushing forward the bill in which defections by just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation. He wants a final vote by the end of the month.

Speaking to reporters, Paul said they have begun crunching the numbers in the GOP proposal and said "it looks to us like the Obamacare subsidies will remain in place and may well exceed what is in the current Obamacare".

Georgia Senator David Perdue said this week that "Obamacare is failing and that people are losing access to insurance through the exchanges".

-Repeal a tax penalty for people who do not get health insurance, saving them $38 billion over the next decade. State Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen called the plan "unconscionable ... heartless, immoral and wrong", a claim backed by Sen.

Democrats were hoping to scare off as many Republican votes as possible by planning efforts around the country to criticize the measure.

"The Medicaid cuts are even more draconian that the House bill was, though they take effect more gradually than the House bill did", Pearson says. When the House bill was first under debate earlier this year, state officials warned that a Medicaid expansion rollback could leave as many as 700,000 Pennsylvanians without coverage. The reason is simply that too many otherwise healthy people will simply wait until they get sick to sign up. "We may think that the spending may actually exceed Obamacare spending in the next two years", he said.

Now compare that to the 140-character misspelled crap we get from Trump. SAD! People are saying, where's the health care, where's the health care? So it is possible that Mr. McConnell views the potential failure of a hastily written health care bill as an eventual boon.

-Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans and the nation's finances.



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