Warren: Senate GOP Health Care Bill Paid for With 'Blood Money'

23 Juin, 2017, 19:27 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine speaks amid a crush of reporters after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act at the Capitol in Washington Thursday Ju

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke out against a proposed GOP Senate bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", the four conservatives said in a written statement. "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo".

Senate GOP bill: There is no penalty for having a break in coverage and no waiting period for consumers to use their insurance.

Democrats gathered on the Senate floor and defended Obama's 2010 overhaul. They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs". It's about the character of our country - who we are, and who we aspire to be.

Former Indiana State Health commissioner Woody Myers says the bill worsens an already-weakened health care situation after large insurers this week left Indiana's Obamacare marketplace - something Myers blames federal Republicans for.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing a tough re-election fight next year, said he had "serious concerns' about the bill's Medicaid reductions". But he added, "I think we can get to yes", particularly if the bill can guarantee a reduction in insurance premiums. In calling the bill "mean", though, he mirrored the language of Trump, who last week called the House's version of the legislation just that - after he celebrated its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony.

At the White House on Thursday, Trump expressed hope for quick action.

The bill would phase out the extra money Mr Obama's law provides to states that have expanded coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income people. 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.

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Protesters rallied outside Republican Sen. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

Four Republican senators say they can not vote for the party's plan to replace the law commonly known as Obamacare, but not because it's too tough. But much of the bill would end up hurting the same groups disproportionately burdened by the House plan.

House GOP bill: Premium subsidies are keyed to age, not income. "That's the only way you can get at least 50 out of 52 Republicans", Cruz said. Income-based subsidies help with premiums and with out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and copayments. "Nope! Not one bit", she said.

NBC News' Chuck Todd, referring to the fact that the bill, at the moment, is likely to do just that, asked Collins if she could imagine passing enough amendments to the bill to assuage her concerns.

Release of the 142-page proposal ended the long wait for one of the most closely guarded bills in years.

McConnell has very little room for error - he can only lose two Republican votes and still pass the bill.

And they would bar people from using tax credits to buy policies that pay for abortion, and also block Planned Parenthood from getting any money from Medicaid for a year.

"The protections around preexisting conditions are still in place in the Senate bill, but the waiver authority gives states options that could include limiting coverage for people with preexisting conditions", says Pearson. The budget office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days.

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