Health Care

Other Opinion: Republican's health care hypocrisy is on full display

McConnell released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured. The Republican plan would be catastrophic for working people, no doubt.

Trump earlier indicated changes may be in store for the proposal unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Nevada, like most states, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

"It appears that the proposed bill will dramatically reduce coverage and will negatively impact our future state budgets", he said in an emailed statement. The federal share drops to 90 percent after 2020. "It sort of is, do you want fewer people with a very high level of coverage, or do you want more people with low-level coverage?" Because of the Senate Republicans' opaque process, it is still unclear whether their bill will end up as cruel. This week he called for a health plan "with heart". Currently, there is no limit on how much the program will pay for care for those enrolled. "That means states would be left deciding on whether to make up the difference or to cut back on medical coverage for people using the program". Both chambers would have to agree on details for the bill to be sent to President Donald Trump. States would be able to seek waivers from federal insurance requirements. "For these reasons, we encourage Colorado's senators to take the time to understand the implications of the health care bill as now written before voting".

Insurers would receive more federal funds.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. The percentage of income that goes to health care premiums under the Senate plan would be more than 12.5 percent - under the ACA, the over-40 percentage ranged between 2 to 8.9 percent.

In Montana, 20 percent of residents didn't have medical insurance in 2013.

In Kansas, spending on Medicaid grew by an average of 4.5 percent per year from 2007 to 2010, and 3.2 percent per year from 2010 to 2014.

Senate GOP bill: Stretches phase-out of Medicaid expansion financing.

Charlie Baker, the Republican governor in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, and Tom Wolf, a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania, had similar concerns. The expansion also brought more elderly and disabled in nursing homes under the Medicaid umbrella.

Finally, Whitlock suggests, senators could be deliberately trying to create a rickety market, so states will be forced to take matters into their own hands.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure.

Democratic leaders, such as Representative Richard Neal, the Massachusetts Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, have said they'll zero in on upper-income breaks pitched by Trump and House leaders as part of a tax overhaul to make it politically hard for Republicans to support them.

Obsessed with the Clintons, and viscerally opposed to the presidency of Bill Clinton, Republicans in Congress not only fueled the investigations of then-independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr, but they also believed that they were just one revelation, one proceeding, and indeed one impeachment away from casting their nemesis out of the White House and leading the country in a different direction. It may also make it harder to see a doctor since fewer physicians may be willing to take a pay cut to see Medicaid patients. Contributing were AP reporters Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska; Bobby Caina Calvan in Helena, Montana; Bob Christie in Phoenix; Kristena Hansen in Salem, Oregon; Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Alison Noon in Carson City, Nevada; Bob Salsberg in Boston; Sophia Tareen in Springfield, Illinois; and Kristen Wyatt in Denver.



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