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'Obamacare Is Dead': Trump 'Very Supportive' of Senate GOP Healthcare Bill

23 June 2017

As House Republicans floated their version of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in March, the AARP announced it would track their votes on the legislation and "communicate the results" to its members. However, they said they were "open to negotiation and obtaining more information". They called their protest a "die-in".

Today, Angel Padilla, policy director at the Indivisible Project, released the following statement on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017", Senate Republicans' version of TrumpCare. People with pre-existing conditions will keep their health care. And states would receive flexibility to opt out of Obamacare's "essential health benefits", allowing insurance providers to sell skimpier plans that would charge much more to cover things like hospitalization, mental health, and maternity care.

The bill includes cuts to Medicaid that are more severe than the health care legislation passed by House Republicans last month. But it then allows states to ask for waivers to opt out of that requirement. They said GOP characterisations of the law as failing are wrong and claimed the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

Low- and moderate-income Utahns will likely end up paying more under the Senate's plan.

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Loosening Obamacare regulations should bring down premiums for healthy people.

"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates". Under the Senate bill, the percentage would increase with age. It works from the assumption that the only way to make expensive health insurance cheaper is to subsidize it through the federal government.For Republicans, this might be the notable failure to think beyond the terms set by Obamacare. "I'm neutral", Tennessee's Bob Corker told reporters.

While Obama has repeatedly defended the Affordable Care Act, which represents perhaps his most significant domestic legislative achievement, Thursday's statement was even more pointed than his previous comments.

The House bill provided people between $2,000 and $4,000 per year to help buy insurance, but were the same regardless of someone is middle class or just above the poverty line.

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The bill contains some measures that might appeal to the GOP at face value, including major tax reductions. But while there are a few key changes, its framework is actually quite similar. We reduce the deficit; we reform Medicaid, one of the big three entitlements.

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This means Medicaid patients would not be covered for a procedure at a Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinic, even if it was not abortion-related.

What will happen to Medicaid?

The bill would phase out the extra money Obama's law provides to states that have expanded coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income people. That means Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes in order to pass the bill.

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