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How the GOP health care bills help the rich

Messalina Adamo | 25 Giugno, 2017, 14:56

House Republicans barely managed to muster enough votes with a series of last-minute amendments before the chamber passed a highly criticized Obamacare replacement plan last month. Unless the state steps in with substantially more funding - possibly $30 billion or more by 2027, compared to $24 billion under the House bill - many would lose coverage.

Attempting to thread a very tight needle, Senate Republicans on Thursday released a health-care reform bill meant to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act while still supporting the public's access to health insurance.

"When the Republicans proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act", said Vilsack, "they promised that more people would be covered, costs would be lowered, and Medicaid would be protected".

While repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act was one of President Trump's principal campaign promises, he acknowledged Friday crafting a quality health care bill that can appeal to the majority is a process that often takes a long time - a process he has tried to speed up.

"It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else".

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal by arguing against the law it seeks to roll back.


"It's going to be very good", Trump said at the White House, according to CNN.

Other Republican Senators side with the Democrats, that this strips benefits from too many people.

Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer. "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", said the statement from Sens.

Equally contentious are the tax credits to help some people pay their premiums.

If three Republicans defect, the party can not reach the majority vote it needs to pass the measure. "That has caused a great deal of disruption in the health care system in Iowa, resulting in many people losing coverage, or not having access to coverage that they had before".

Senator Roger Wicker of MS expressed some disappointment that the new bill bears too many similarities to Obamacare. "To give someone a card that is useless because you can't afford to get care, you can't get in to see a doctor, doesn't really mean anything", Mr. Spicer said.

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