Senate health care bill includes deep cuts to Medicaid

Senate health care bill includes deep cuts to Medicaid

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", the Washington Post quotes Heller as saying.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs. CNN reports Nevada Sen.

Menendez said that the wealthiest Americans will get a tax cut under the Senate legislation, paid for by "taking health care away from those who need it most".

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell has pushed for a vote on the bill next week, but at least four Republicans have publicly voiced their opposition to the bill.

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

A number of other GOP senators have not committed to voting for the new healthcare bill unveiled by Republican leaders on Thursday morning.

Now he's facing his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure. "I hope that President Trump delivers on his promise to provide more Americans with better health care for less money".

"[The Senate bill] would phase out the expansion of Medicaid that lots of states signed onto to give more people health care, beginning in 2020, and make deeper cuts after that", says Zwillich. It also would provide more generous tax subsidies than the House bill to help low-income people buy private insurance.

Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.

Wisconsin's Ron Johnson is one of four Republicans not yet on board with the U.S. Senate version of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill. 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. "We'll have to see".

In a statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, "The bill fails children by dismantling the Medicaid program, capping its funding, ending its expansion and allowing its benefits to be scaled back".

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart".

-Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans and the nation's finances.



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