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Tax cuts for rich are part of the Senate GOP health bill

Parmenio Sano | 24 Giugno, 2017, 05:42

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he thinks the bill will bridge the divide between moderates and conservatives in his party on key issues.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., was one of 13 Republican senators charged with helping to prepare the draft of the bill, which is dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

The emerging Senate bill was described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. The Senate Republicans' plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

They can afford only two defections; in that case, Vice President Mike Pence would be brought in to break a 50-50 tie.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House bill would cause 23 million people to lose coverage by 2026. Our state law already requires coverage for many of those services like maternity coverage, mental health parity and uni-sex insurance pricing. It also eliminates the current law's taxes on wealthy Americans, insurers, and others.

The most risky part of both the House and Senate bills is not what they do to the Obamacare reforms to insurance markets, but the way they would fundementally gut Medicaid, which has been a federal and state partnership for more than 50 years. Overall, 39% of low-income American women of reproductive age (15 to 49) are covered by the program, or about 9.8 million women. Schatz said. "I have my view, the Republicans have their view, but right now, you're about to walk one-sixth of the American economy off a cliff".

Earlier, Sanders focused only on the Senate's "process" and signaled the president was mostly concerned with a "final product" bill - which would be crafted by a House-Senate conference committee should the Senate managed to pass its version of the health care bill.

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.

Obama was more than skeptical.

McConnell said Democrats chose not to help frame the Bill, which Republicans say would fix a collapsing health marketplace.

It was not immediately clear whether the group intends to back a primary challenger to Trump.

Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.

Senator Joni Ernst (R)-Iowa: "The reality in Iowa is that continuing the status quo simply isn't an option because ObamaCare is unsustainable".

"It was just released yesterday". She says she'd like to see a more open debate. Second, as I've noted before, it seems they don't understand how insurance markets work. It also limits the growth of Medicaid and eventually phases out the expansion, which has added more than 400,000 people to the rolls in Arizona. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

-Repeal a tax penalty for people who do not get health insurance, saving them $38 billion over the next decade.

Perhaps in this hyper-partisan atmosphere in D.C., GOP lawmakers are less concerned with pleasing voters as they are with declaring the death of an Obama-era policy (again, this bill won't do that, but that's how they'll spin it).


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