The Senate healthcare bill will face its biggest test early next week

The Senate healthcare bill will face its biggest test early next week

The health-care bill the GOP rolled out on Thursday morning will retain the almost $1 trillion in tax cuts previously proposed, with few minor differences. That means they'll only need 51 votes instead of the normal 60, but it also means the bill can not add to the budget deficit.

As Andy Slavitt, the former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, noted, "The Senate bill needs to be compared to current law, not the House bill".

News Political Director Chuck Todd is reporting that a reliable source tells him that three Republican Senators are ready to publicly oppose Trumpcare today. "Does the President - do Republicans - truly believe this is the 'single greatest health care plan in the history of the world?' The American people certainly know it isn't". "My constituents in Wisconsin have to review the bill, they've got to provide that kind of input, I've got to talk to the governor, to our state legislators, to doctors, to nurses, to state health care providers, to hospitals, and we actually have to get the information that we don't have yet".

Earlier, upon unveiling the long-awaited bill, McConnell defended the plan, saying Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class. 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 out-of-pocket costs.

On the other hand, Sens. This could be an issue for Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Asked what would need to be included to get him on board, Paul said: "It has to look less like Obamacare light-it's got to look like what we promised".

Obama was more than skeptical.

"If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote. We need a legislative process that is patient-focused, inclusive, bipartisan, honest and open. It called the version passed by the House last month "a categorical failure" and said the Senate version is "equally troubling".

The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said it would "stabilize crumbling insurance markets" and curb premium increases. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.

Ending Obama's expansion has caused major rifts among GOP senators. "So we're going to see very significant reductions in coverage in Medicaid and big cuts in federal funding that will result in significant budget gaps for states". People making under 138 percent were eligible to enroll in Medicaid, but not all states expanded the program, leaving some poor people in a hole with no coverage options.

"If that bill was mean, this one is downright diabolical" Sen.

Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions.

Obamacare allowed young people to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.

Although Medicaid expansion gave more Kentuckians the right to health care, Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute think tank, agrees with Paul's assessment that increasing the number of people guaranteed care does not lead to those people receiving better or more affordable care.

The bill bars the use of subsidies for plans that include abortion coverage and Planned Parenthood would be defunded for one year.



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