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Fate uncertain for Republican health bill

Sveva Terracina | 23 Giugno, 2017, 23:19

"As taxes, premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket (under Obamacare), choices and access to care have dwindled", Sen.

States would also be provided with $2 billion worth of grants to combat opioid addiction.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the plan, which he calls a discussion draft, will stabilize insurance markets and cut costs to consumers.

Having criticized the way the Democrats rammed through the Obama health bill in 2010, the Republicans are now doing something similar, and unlike the Dems are not holding a single committee hearing. The last time they did, for the House version of the bill, the news was that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured when all is said and done.

Senators are likely to have only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the 142-page bill, which was unveiled on Thursday. They said the measure missed delivering a GOP promise to Americans "to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Senate Republicans have released their long-awaited bill to dismantle much of Barack Obama's healthcare law but ran into trouble as four GOP senators said they opposed it. "It really just feels like a way to punish low income Americans and make it even harder for them to take care of their families". "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday.

LISA DESJARDINS: The Congressional Budget Office says it will have its analysis of the bill by early next week.

While the ACA was passed without Republican support in either the House or Senate, Obama emphasized that many ordinary Republicans had reasons to support the measure: "intensely personal ones" that included a sick relative or concerns about massive medical bills.

HOUSE: The bill would allow the Medicaid expansion to continue until January 1, 2020.

"It should scare every American that the Senate plans to vote on this bill without understanding the true ramifications".

Until Republicans can conclusively answer those questions, their health care plans are unlikely to produce a workable solution - any more than Obamacare. The bill also dramatically overhauls Medicaid, both by ending Obamacare's expansion of the program and placing a federal spending cap on it for the first time. "For families with loved ones - parents, children - who need nursing home care or receive home- and community-based long term services, the Senate Medicaid cuts will truly devastating". "If coverage or services become more expensive, the Medicaid program might not keep up with that in the same way it does today".

-Delay a new "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health insurance plans until 2026. Medicaid funding would be capped on a per-person basis.

Kasich, who does not have a vote, was more forthright.


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