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New GOP Health Care Bill keeps Medicaid cuts, allows cheaper plans

15 July 2017

"This thing continues to evolve, but I think we're getting to a point now where we're very, very close", Perdue said.

He then put on the pressure, tweeting, "After all of these years of suffering thru ObamaCare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised!"

The top U.S. Senate Republican said he would unveil a revised version of major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump but deep divisions within the party left the stalled bill's prospects uncertain.

Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Sen. Portman previously said he has "real concerns" about the bill's cuts to Medicaid, which would hit OH and other Medicaid expansion states particularly hard. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have even said they will vote against the motion to proceed on the legislation.

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It still includes plans to slash by more than $700 billion the Medicaid federal health care program for the poor and disabled, a move that Republican centrists fear could devastate millions of families. Republicans have sought for seven years to gut the law, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, which they describe as a costly government overreach. A nonpartisan government agency has estimated an earlier version of the bill would trim almost US$800 billion in federal spending for Medicaid over 10 years. Republicans need 51 votes to pass the legislation in the Senate, and one vote can be Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote.

"While this exemption was included in the Senate health care bill out of procedural necessity, we must still be diligent in ensuring that Members of Congress are treated just like other Americans under this law", the Texas Republican said in a statement.

A health plan with narrow coverage but cheaper premiums would be offered for people in the individual market. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to propose an amendment that would do away with the refundable tax credit and turn it into a block grant "so that if a state wants to fix Obamacare, they can take the money to fix it", Graham said.

"The current Senate GOP healthcare bill creates a giant insurance bailout superfund of almost $200 billion".

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Already, two GOP lawmakers have said they will not vote yes on a key procedural measure next week.

AARP is one organization that has targeted Capito with advertisements urging people to call her office about the bill's effects. Graham crafted the bill with Sen. More than 20 million have insurance under the ACA who wouldn't have it otherwise; children have been covered until age 26 under parents' policies; those with pre-existing conditions who previously have been denied by insurance companies are now covered.

The legislation in addition rolls back remaining taxes on health care savings accounts, and would for the first time allow people to use money in these accounts toward insurance premiums.

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