Former President Obama picked up on the theme Trump began, saying that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks ... can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".
On Twitter, Trump said he was "very supportive" of the bill. It mirrors the House bill in cutting the budget for Medicaid expansion and reducing subsidies for low income Americans buying insurance, effectively pricing them out of the market. That's a health insurance company in OH that provides coverage to thousands of Medicaid patients in the state.
"The Senate version of AHCA would cause considerable harm to millions of people across the country".
On Wednesday, Kaine said Medicaid funding to school districts in Virginia would be in jeopardy if the bill passes. "But blowing up the Affordable Care Act is not the solution". About a fourth of respondents said the bill made "minor reductions" to Medicaid, and 13 percent didn't realize there were any proposed cuts. Just listen to what a few Republican senators have had to say about the process. That's pretty close to what, under the Affordable Care Act, qualifies as a "bronze" plan.
On the day that GOP senators released their version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, protesters staged Thursday a sit-in in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office, resulting in 43 people being forcibly removed and arrested.
"We have a responsibility to move forward, and we are", said McConnell, R-Ky.
"Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo - they deserve better care", he said. If the GOP proposal becomes law, then it's likely out-of-pocket costs for people buying coverage through healthcare.gov or one of the state exchanges would tend to be higher, not lower ― unless these people were able and willing to pay even more in premiums.
Like the House bill, the Senate plan would eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes over the next decade, with large benefits for the wealthiest Americans. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky all quickly indicated that they couldn't vote for the measure as written.
On the other hand, Sens.
Susan Collins of ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill and she has some concerns about cuts to Medicaid after 2025 and defunding of Planned Parenthood. It really doesn't look like a repeal bill. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead".
McConnell said in the chamber that a fresh CBO score on the new bill was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor. The measure is similar to a bill passed in the House last month, but there are some key differences.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he planned to review the draft legislation and wait for the Congressional Budget Office report. "It's going to be important to get the president's support to get us across the finish line".
Preexisting conditions. Republican leaders claimed today that people with preexisting conditions will be protected.
Ending Obama's expansion has caused major rifts among GOP senators.
Both bills would cap federal Medicaid contributions on a per-patient basis. Over time, this would means states will get a lot less money than they do under current law.
But the Senate bill would make subsidies less generous than under current law.
Obama law: Private health insurance plans sold to people who receive federal subsidies can cover abortion. The size of the tax credit varies depending on income, age and the price of a typical policy in a community.
These are conservatives, but moderates aren't fond of the bill either. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty over those funds as reasons why they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.
"We had bipartisan hearings, bipartisan roundtables, all kinds of meetings and discussions".