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Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, fate uncertain

23 June 2017

A group of four Senate Republicans has already come out to say they are now a "no" on the bill, effectively killing it where it stands.

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Ted Cruz of Texas, Kentucky's Rand Paul, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin.

"While not flawless, the bill does provide the funding we need to support our most vulnerable North Carolinians", Burr's statement said. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week.

Many were still digesting details of the Senate Republicans' health care bill on Thursday, but area providers, elected officials and others said they worry the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 actually could mean worse care for some individuals.

Senate Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate and, without any Democrats expected to support the legislation, can afford to lose only two members.

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"As I have consistently stated, if the bill is good for Nevada, I'll vote for it and if it's not - I won't", Heller said. The Senate bill contains no such safeguard. The package represents McConnell's attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to stage next week.

Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Sen.

If the Senate bill passes, Wilhelmi said the hospital association will urge state lawmakers to re-examine Illinois' trigger law. "If Senators Burr and Tillis vote for this risky bill, they will have to answer to the people of North Carolina".

Now the federal government pays states for 95 percent of the costs of Medicaid expansion. Their proposal would eliminate most of Obamacare's subsidies and impose deeper long-term cuts to Medicaid than the House version of the bill. The Senate would determine who gets tax credits to help buy insurance by income, rather than age.

They aren't alone, one health-care expert said Thursday.

Many low-income adults across the nation could lose Medicaid expansion coverage under the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill - but in IL those losses could come three years earlier because of a state law.

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Last week, the U.S. Catholic bishops gathered in Indianapolis for their spring meeting spent close to an hour discussing proposed changes to Obamacare, warning that drastic cuts to federal health insurance subsidies would harm the poor. "The answer is that it is affecting funding for critical services that we provide", he said.

And then there's the PR. Critics are already lambasting the bill for one specific measure that would allow insurance companies to deduct CEO salaries exceeding $500,000 while making its various safety net cuts. There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill.

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

A vote on the bill is expected next week, the Post reports.

"The way this bill cuts health care is heartless".

Though the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan scorekeeper on Capitol Hill, has yet to evaluate the Senate bill, its analysis of the House version found 23 million Americans would lose health coverage over a decade if the GOP bill was passed.

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