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Senate GOP to unveil health care bill

23 June 2017

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-Paramus, played off reports that President Donald Trump had called the House bill "mean" in a meeting with Senate Republicans past year.

Are Democrats right when they say that the Senate health-care bill is a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the poor?

Obama went on to ask, "What will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage?" Even President Donald Trump has privately called the House's health-care legislation "mean". "And we'll see if we can take care of that", Trump said in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday, calling the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people". First, what is meaner: Letting states waive the preexisting condition protection, or allowing insurance markets to fail so that millions of people have no access to insurance? Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay those tax boosts.

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And the Senate version would cut Medicaid (even more than the House bill) but over a longer period of time . Bill Nelson , who's up for re-election next year, blasted the GOP legislation and the way it was drafted .

The premise of the bill, repeated nearly daily in some form by its chief author, McConnell, is that "Obamacare is collapsing around us, and the American people are desperately searching for relief". The Senate plan imposes a harsher formula for its cap than the House plan, which already cuts Medicaid spending by $834 billion over 10 years.

In a very lengthy essay shared to his Facebook page, former President Barack Obama condemned the Senate's health care bill on Thursday, calling the repeal and replacement of Obama's Affordable Care Act "a core tenet" of the GOP. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) hold a news conference following the release of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Four Republicans quickly came out in opposition - Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul - while at least three more Republicans have openly expressed serious concerns. The budget office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days. And lower premiums give Republicans a talking point to counter the bad statistics this bill or anything like it will generate in terms of people losing health insurance. Rob Portman of OH and.

The Senate bill largely uses people's incomes as the yardstick for helping those without workplace coverage to buy private insurance.

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The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law.

"There are some things we've said all along that are dialable, that we can hopefully tweak a little bit before it comes to the floor", Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

States would have more flexibility in determining the essential health benefits that all insurance companies must provide, such as prescription drug coverage, preventive health screenings, and coverage of mental health services.

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It however delays cuts to the Medicaid program and maintains for two years the tax credits included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - commonly known as Obamacare - to help lower-income Americans purchase coverage. There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill. That language could be forced out of the bill for procedural reasons, which would threaten support from conservatives, but Republicans would seek other ways to retain the restriction. It would also lower the annual income limit for receiving subsidies to cover insurance premiums to 350 percent of the poverty level, or about $42,000 for an individual, from 400 percent. 71,000 vets would lose their health insurance in Texas, 43,700 in Florida, 31,200 in Georgia, and 26,400 in North Carolina.