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What does it say about the values and priorities of the people who wrote this bill, and the people who will vote for it?

Gov. Gary Herbert said during his monthly news conference on KUED that he agrees "having openness and transparency is important", but added he recalls the Affordable Care Act being conducted in a similarly behind-the-scenes manner. Cory Gardner is calling for the Senate to slow down its push for a replacement health-care act, even offering to work through the upcoming recess. The Senate would provide $50 billion over the next four years to states to shore up insurance markets. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail.

"Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains", Ryan said at the time. "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo". A capital-gains tax cut for the most affluent Americans would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.

Following the release of the Senate's health care reform proposal, the APA and National Council for Behavioral Health released statements urging rejection of the proposed bill.

Sens. Paul Ryan of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all said they would not support the current bill after its long-awaited reveal.

Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs - providing health insurance to low-income people.

On the other hand, Sens.

After Spicer spoke, Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican opponent on Friday, saying he would not support the bill in its current form. And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. "I think that's what he's doing he's gone through a very exhaustive process of the input, and he's come up with a blue print that can still be amended and probably will be in reconciliation", said North Carolina Republican Sen.

Thursday provided another reminder of just how cramped the news cycle can get in the age of Trump. "So, we have 142 pages to go through", she said. "Ask me again when we see the final product". He said amendments during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

The proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill, the KFF poll notes, which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect. Trump has since called it "mean", despite celebrating it at the Rose Garden with House Republicans. The Senate measure has not yet been scored - that analysis is expected next week - but its cuts to Medicaid are steeper.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the US over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. Some from states that have expanded have battled to delay the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures. It eliminates subsidies for out-of-pocket costs for low-income people, all but guaranteeing they'll be forced into high-deductible plans.

The plan is "not a health care bill", Obama declared in a 939-word message to his almost 53 million followers on Facebook. The House bill would let states apply through waivers to let insurance carriers offer skimpier plans. And technically, the law prevents insurers from refusing to cover you based on pre-existing conditions, but because it doesn't guarantee essential health benefits, insurers could "cover you" with a plan that doesn't really do much, cover-wise, and still be on the right side of the law. Instead of tax cuts for the richest, Congress could improve health-care access in rural areas or through the Department of Veterans Affairs, or it could increase rather than cut back on drug addiction treatment.

The bill would bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones - a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.



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