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What's next on health care draft in Congress

25 June 2017

Toomey's statement Thursday came hours after Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill to dismantle much of former President Barack Obama's law.

Paul is one of four conservative senators to announce their opposition to the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, following a meeting with Senate Republicans on a health reform bill.

Too bad "ideas" aren't currency voters can take to the bank - or use to pay the hefty medical bills that are on the way. But Cassidy said he remained "undecided" about the bill.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. If three Republicans join a united Democratic front, the legislation will be blocked. Maybe their love for tax breaks and health care industry donors overrides their concern for people who will get hurt - including those who depend on Medicaid for mental health and opioid addiction treatment. But when compared to keeping Obamacare, 68 percent said they preferred the House bill. The draft appears to seek to reduce the impact on Americans who stood to lose the most under the House version.

"We live in the wealthiest country on earth".

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday said he could not support a health care plan backed by Senate Republican leaders as written, noting the proposed elimination of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion component.

With the Republicans finally releasing the details of their so-called health care plan earlier in the day, Seth Meyers took one of his signature closer looks last night at both the substance and the process involved in the GOP's official Obamacare replacement.

On the other hand, Sens. The House and Senate formulas for subsidies differ.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Remember, ObamaCare is dead".

"I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", Trump said in an interview that aired Friday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". "But I believe we can get to yes". Obama's law made many preventive services free of charge to the patient. "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this Bill will do you harm", he wrote. Gibbs' district would see 4,614 jobs if the House version passed, the study said. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week.

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The Senate measure, like the House bill, would phase out the extra money that the federal government has provided to states as an incentive to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

Groups representing doctors and hospitals are overwhelmingly opposed to the Republican approach, because it's likely to result in millions more uninsured people.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said the new bill was "heartless", warning it would eventually cut Medicaid even more steeply than the House legislation, which slashes it by $800 billion over a decade.

Ending Obama's expansion has caused major rifts among GOP senators. Since its inception, Medicaid has been an open-ended entitlement, with Washington matching a share of what each state spends.

States could choose to have their federal Medicaid funding capped on either a per capita basis or through block grants. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

The Senate bill calls for phasing out the enhanced federal support for the expansion by 2024. But the subsidy would be smaller and fewer people would be eligible.

Iowa is about to become the first state with ZERO insurers offering their services under the Obamacare scheme.

In the Senate, Democrats are determined to defend a law that has provided coverage to 20 million people and is a pillar of Obama's legacy.

But it preserves a key element of Obamacare, which allows parents to cover children under their plan until age 26.

Republicans hold 52 out of 100 seats in the Senate and the latest bill is created to thread the needle to find an agreement between the party's conservative and more moderate wings. Medicaid covers some 70 million people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty as a reason they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.