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Republican senator says Republican health care bill is too Republican

Parmenio Sano | 24 Giugno, 2017, 07:10

In his statement, Obama said the Senate bill is "not a health care bill".

"I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake and consider that the rationale for action, on healthcare or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did", he wrote. According to lawmakers who were at the unveiling, members from the left and right ends of the party's spectrum were deeply critical of the effort. 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. Under the House bill, tax credits would be based primarily on age. BRCA will result in many Americans-especially low- and moderate-income and older Americans-paying thousands more in premiums for skimpier health plans.

The Senate's plan, like one passed by the House of Representatives, rolls back numerous provisions of Obamacare, including taking deep cuts from Medicaid program.

The only "improvement" the Senate version offers over the House plan is that it would wait longer to destroy Medicare recipients' coverage.

The Senate plan repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, slashes federal support of Medicaid and eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers that now help pay for care for the poor.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists he wants a vote on the bill before the July 4th recess, leaving GOP leaders one week to win over more votes.


Criticism after criticism that Republicans have lobbed at Democrats over the years about how the Affordable Care Act was passed apply to a far greater extent to the health-care bill the GOP leadership has been drafting covertly.

We have a few perspectives on this bill today, starting with Steve Jennings.

The four are sticking together to get changes such as fewer government subsidies created to make health insurance more affordable. The president said the House bill was mean. The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week.

He said Medicaid funding is unfair because states with successful programs receive less money from the federal government than states with failing ones.

AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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