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Trump says he supports Senate healthcare bill

Trump says he supports Senate healthcare bill”

Or as Ezra Klein summed it up: "Policy after policy in the bill is built to achieve the same goal: making poor people pay more for less health insurance". "We expect the impact (of the new bill) on Medicare will be fairly minimum". Under the Senate bill, the percentage would increase with age.

"McConnell has a thin needle to thread", Murphy said on MSNBC, noting that Republicans are hoping for a Senate vote prior to the July 4 recess.

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare. The group gathered to demonstrate their position that CT lives are "on the line" as Senate Republicans launched their plan in Washington for peeling back former President Barack Obama's health care law.

It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled over three years, from 2021 to 2024, and then enact deeper cuts in the program than the House version, beginning in 2025.

Senate GOP bill: Same as House.

"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information", Trump tweeted, "I have no idea whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings".

On Twitter, Trump said he was "very supportive" of the bill.

Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate, so more than two GOP defections will doom the bill if Democrats are united against it.

"We have a responsibility to move forward, and we are", said McConnell, R-Ky. Instead, it entices people to voluntarily buy a policy by offering them tax credits based on age and income to help pay premiums.

"There are families - middle-income families in SC - that in 18 months will get a call from their nursing home (saying): 'You're got to come get granny because we have no more Medicaid money, and we're not keeping her, ' " said Lynn Bailey, a Columbia-based health-care economist. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

If senators decide that the most important thing to them is saying they repealed Obamacare, there is a path to yes for all of them, as I wrote here.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.

"I expect there's going to be a number of changes between now and the final vote", said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. "I see this as an opportunity for us to be freed up".

Other Republican senators, such as Dean Heller of Nevada and Rob Portman of OH, expressed their own qualms, as did AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dean Heller and Susan Collins have also withheld support. The bill also prohibits people from using tax credits to purchase plans that offer coverage for abortion services.

Obama weighed in on Facebook.

"Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm", Obama said.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who's up for re-election next year, blasted the GOP legislation and the way it was drafted.

The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted by the House.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said: "Millions of Americans would lose health insurance coverage under this plan".

A Congressional Budget Office analysis will come early next week. "But in a separate statement, Cruz says he wants to help make "real improvements" so it "provides the relief from Obamacare that Republicans have repeatedly promised the last seven years" - especially in reducing health insurance premiums". But it would be more gradual than the House bill, which cuts off the extra funds for new Medicaid beneficiaries in 2020. That focuses financial assistance on people with lower incomes.

The White House official said it's part of the process for members to raise concerns, but said, "Hopefully they will conclude that this [bill] is better than the current system" and support it. But in a departure from the House's bill, states can't opt of regulations that now prevent insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their medical coverage.



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