Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

Due to unanimous opposition from Democrats, Republican leaders can afford no more than two Republican defections for the bill to pass.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to a group of slightly higher-income adults, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years.

The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said it would "stabilize crumbling insurance markets" and curb premium increases. The House bill and the Senate offering isn't just a step backward, it blows up the road.

If three Republicans defect, the party can not reach the majority vote it needs to pass the measure.

Other Republican senators, such as Dean Heller of Nevada and Rob Portman of OH, expressed their own qualms, as did AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

"We're now at 8 percent", Sandoval said Friday.

"We are encouraged that the draft Senate legislation funds cost-sharing reductions, which help those who need it most", BCBSA said in a statement. John Cornyn supports it, and Thursday on the Senate floor, he said he was open to negotiations. They said GOP characterizations of the law as failing are wrong and said the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher outof pocket costs. "Cassidy's public statements have raised the most concerns and objections about the bill that passed the House and he's been very clear in saying that he wants a bill that preserves coverage", Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, said Friday. "A lot of Medicaid recipients will lose health insurance that they have gained, as the Medicaid program cuts through state block grants worsen over time and the dollars for supporting Medicaid expansion disappear".

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to later criticize it in private as "mean".

House GOP bill: Reduces the generous federal match for expanded Medicaid to the same rate states get for other beneficiaries, starting in 2020.

Trying to keep the expansion without added federal help could blow a hole in state budgets. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets.

BRCA will result in many Americans-especially low- and moderate-income and older Americans-paying thousands more in premiums for skimpier health plans.

President Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare during his campaign, praised the Senate's bill, but noted changes were likely. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: "to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs".



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