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Bernie Sanders: GOP health care bill 'most harmful' ever

23 June 2017

If legislation is to prevail in the Senate, McConnell can only lose the support of two of 52 Republicans, assuming all 48 Democrats and independents oppose the bill, as expected. The bill is being moved under arcane budget rules that allows it to be passed with a simple majority or 50 votes, if Vice President Mike Pence is relied on as a tiebreaker.

"The current bill does not repeal Obamacare". That law extended the program to some low-income Americans above the poverty level.

"It appears cost-sharing reductions will be funded through December 2019 and I think that's good news for our citizens and ... any company writing on the exchange", Farmer said.

The CBO analysis of the House bill says that 23 million people would lose insurance in the next decade under their bill, which President Donald Trump called "mean" in a meeting with senators earlier this month. A vote is expected to be called on the bill before next week's July 4 congressional recess. Opponents of the GOP plan were already making their voices heard on Capitol Hill, just minutes after the details were released of the Senate Republican plan. A McConnell spokeswoman declined to comment. "I have a hard time believing that we would have that in such a short period of time", Sen.

The Senate plan drops a requirement for individuals to have health insurance and eliminates taxes on the wealthy.

One potentially ominous sign for leadership was the reaction of Nevada Sen.

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Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama's health care law.

Tax boosts Obama levied on upper income people and medical industry companies would be repealed, and another on costly employer-provided health insurance would be delayed.

Some moderate Republican Senators are likely to balk at the bill's current proposal to wind down the Medicaid programs and defund Planned Parenthood.

McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled GOP alternative to Obamacare, warning in a speech that "more Americans may get hurt if we don't do something". "Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises".

Yes, they can. If three GOP senators vote no. In the days leading up to the bill's release, some Republicans have intensified their complaints about the substance of the emerging bill and the tightly controlled process under which McConnell and only a small handful of aides wrote it.

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said the mood in the room made for an "interesting morning, a little tense". Investigators said that after his arrest the suspect, identified as Amor Ftouhi, said something like "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die".

McConnell may have a tough job convincing enough Republican senators the Senate bill improves on the House version.

But it was unclear if, or how, the Senate would follow the House's path and forbid the use of health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.

"I'm sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it". States would also have to retain Obama's requirement that family insurance cover children up to age 26. Such changes would make plans cheaper, though they could lead to higher out-of-pocket expenses for consumers. Fewer middle class folks would get help because only those earning up to 350% of the poverty level would qualify, rather than the 400% threshold contained in Obamacare.

Collins said she would weigh the CBO's upcoming assessment of the Senate bill's impact on costs and coverage.

The text released Thursday showed the Senate legislation would still make major changes to the nation's health care system, repealing Obamacare's individual mandate, drastically cutting back federal support of Medicaid, eliminating Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others. Senators had previously toyed with the idea of keeping some of the ACA's taxes.

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Medicaid has been one of the central sticking points in the debate. It bans the use of any federal funds for any health care plan that covers abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or where the pregnancy puts the mother's life in danger. States that exceed average per-patient Medicaid spending by 25 percent will be penalized by having their allotted funding slashed by up to 2 percent per year. That's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan, and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would be discontinued.