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Senate GOP health bill would cut Medicaid, erase tax increases, reports say

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Obama law: Provides two kinds of subsidies for people who don't have access to coverage on the job.

Corker, meanwhile, said that under the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, "families in Tennessee and across our country face rising costs and have limited choice". "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class and American families deserve better than its failing status quo".

DAVIS: You know, every single Republican that's serving in Congress today campaigned on the promise that they were going to do this. McConnell has only a thin margin of error: The bill would fail if just three of the Senate's 52 GOP senators oppose it.

In the same way, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor "the way this law cuts social security is heartless".

"We live in the wealthiest country on earth".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday the Senate Republican health care bill sounds like "ObamaCare-plus" due to the increase in spending and subsidies. Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon. He said he was encouraged by parts of the bill, but that more work needed to be done. But, alas, the Senate bill does nearly nothing to restructure the way medical care is delivered, how much is consumed and how it is priced because to do so would have meant taking on the business interests that the Republicans are counting on to finance their re-election. "Senators who support this bill will be voting to take away health insurance from the elderly, the disabled, and children", said a June 22 statement from the Rev. David Beckmann, a Lutheran minister who is president of Bread for the World, a Christian anti-hunger lobby. If that goes out of the bill, the bill goes down, probably in the Senate, but surely in the House.

According to one GOP aide, Trump already made a call to Paul and asked him personally to support the Senate bill days before its release.


At the White House, Trump spoke of a bill "with heart". "And as in the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents' health care plans". Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid, such as Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that phase-out to seven years. The expansion allowed people with incomes between 100 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level to enroll in Medicaid, a joint federal-state program whose enrollment requirements were stricter prior to the ACA.

By giving insurance companies carte blanche to decide what to cover and what to exclude, critical protections for Americans are gutted by the Senate Republican health care bill.

The situation is dicier with a House provision that prohibits use of federal tax credits to buy private health insurance that includes abortion services.

Likewise, the proposal will maintain reduced cost payments throughout 2019, payments that will help low-income Americans obtain medical coverage in the individual market through deductibles and co-payments, which would directly affect the economy of these strata. Republicans would allow insurers to charge older people five times as much.

"As now drafted, this bill draft does not do almost enough to lower premiums", Cruz said in a separate statement obtained by CNN's Dana Bash. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.

"Governor Baker will keep working with other governors, the Congressional delegation and federal officials to advocate for solutions that work for MA, including protecting our waiver to support behavioral health and fighting the opioid epidemic and funding for Planned Parenthood".

The Republican senators' play to move the bill further right (and the smaller effort to protect Planned Parenthood) comes amid fierce protests from Democrats, none of whom are expected to vote for the Obamacare repeal. It also would fund $62 billion over eight years to a state innovation fund, which can be used for coverage of high-risk patients, reinsurance and other expenses.

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