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Donald Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

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.

The Senate plan repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, slashes federal support of Medicaid and eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers that now help pay for care for the poor.

Advocates for the poor and working families appear to be most agitated by a new health care bill springing from the U.S. Senate's back rooms and being fast-tracked to a vote.

The Senate bill would, beginning in 2020, phase out over four years extra money that Obamacare offered to states that expanded Medicare coverage for low-income people, The Associated Press reported.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association represents plans that are the backbone of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance markets created under former President Barack Obama's law. Elaine Rodriguez spoke for many parents saying her disabled daughter, Leandra, depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.

"It confuses me as a consumer why this needs to be done in secret and debated in such a short amount of time", says Connor. The 142-page bill which seeks to reverse the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has been pushed forward for Senate voting next week.

Trump welcomed the Bill but indicated that changes may be in store.

Lawmakers will be "looking to see if there are things that we can do to refine it, and make it more acceptable to more members in our conference, to get to 50", Senator John Thune said.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill", Trump tweeted, seeking to give the effort a boost.

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced this health care bill as a Republican promise to repeal Obamacare - finally kept.

"Unimaginably, the Senate today took a bad House health care bill and made it much worse for the American people".

Heller faces a hard re-election fight next year. And like the House bill, it would restructure Medicaid, imposing per capita spending caps. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days. Democrats countered that the bill is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of middle- and low-income families who will lose health insurance.

And they would bar people from using tax credits to buy policies that pay for abortion and also block Planned Parenthood from getting any money from Medicaid for a year.

Trump remained confident, but acknowledged that a "negotiation" might be needed to get the bill passed. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.



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