Yesterday, the U.S. Senate made a powerful statement to Utah and the nation: increasing premiums, unaffordable care and regulatory red-tape should not be the standard of health care in this country. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.
"It's like walking through a minefield for him", said Republican Sen. "Cruz or Sen. Paul about the direction the bill should be heading in", said Sen.
The Senate version mostly mirrors the House bill but would allow for the continuance of federal subsidies that under the Affordable Care Act are allocated to those who can not afford to pay their monthly health insurance premiums.
Does McConnell have the votes? "That's what I want, make sure that we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", said Heller. Dean Heller announced he will not support the GOP health care bill in its current form. Others worry it goes too far. Obviously that means his vote could change once the bill gets amended, but it might be slightly tricky considering his reason for opposing AHCA: Medicaid. Like the House, the Senate wants to eliminate the requirement that large employers offer insurance plans to their workers.
I pledged to the people of Pennsylvania that I would work tirelessly to replace Obamacare with a more stable, affordable health-care system that puts families in charge of their health-care decisions. Ironically, in the Senate and House bills getting rid of Medicaid expansion, the state would lose an additional $37 billion, compared to states that did the full expansion, he said. More broadly, the bill's tax credits, expansion of health savings accounts, repeal of Obamacare taxes, and restoration of state insurance oversight will help to drive down costs for everyone as we transition to a more consumer-driven market.
First of all, it's only 142 pages!
Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.
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In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill. The details that we've seen, at least so far, aren't particularly good for people with lower incomes.
Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.
The American Health Care Act would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers exempting coverage of certain essential health benefits mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
Termed the "Better Care Reconciliation Act", the Senate's answer to the House's efforts to repeal and replace the ACA was finally released Thursday morning after weeks of secret negotiations.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. The Senate version is expected to be scored as early as next week.
The drafters of the ACA gave the mandate some teeth by imposing a penalty, enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, on people who could not demonstrate that they had coverage. Cassidy is right in that credits under the Senate are more generous than the House, which is based exclusively on age.
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