Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Several dozen protesters were arrested Thursday after they gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office over the GOP health care bill.

A man protesting the new Republican health care bill was dragged out of the U.S. Capitol by police on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

According to one GOP aide, Trump already made a call to Paul, and asked him personally to support the Senate bill days before its release.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. The Senate bill includes major Medicaid cuts.

Obama law: Insurers can not charge their oldest customers more than 3 times what they charge young adults.

- Senate debates the bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said senators will have an opportunity to offer amendments to add to or change the bill.

Pearson said those subsidies will be smaller than under current law.

Obama law: States have the option to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income adults. The House bill did the same, but beginning in 2025, the Senate bill will use a different funding formula that slows spending growth even more than the House bill. Instead of eliminating this tax, the Senate plan delays the tax until 2026. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures. Those caps would vary based on the rate of inflation, and the inflation rate the Senate would attach to those caps is one that is lower than the inflation rate the House attached.

Under Obama's law, "many of those people would have gotten much more generous plans", she said.

"That's a big deal". President Obama has taken special care to not give the appearance of undermining his successor's presidency, ignoring most of the near-daily attacks from President Donald Trump and the Trump administration of Obama-era policies and accomplishments. Like all entitlements, the program's costs ballooned as health care became more expensive.

- Repeal a tax on wealthy investors, saving them about $172 billion over the next decade. The taxes in the Affordable Care Act were largely progressive, as Kyle Pomerleau of the right-leaning Tax Foundation told NPR.

"Like the House bill, the Senate bill aims to refocus Medicaid on the most vulnerable Americans, while not pulling the rug out from anyone who has benefited from the Medicaid expansion", he said.

"All those tax cuts don't come cheap". One proposed change: The cutoff for subsidies would drop from 400% of the poverty line to 350% of the poverty line.

The bill in its current form may not just alienate conservative voters who think it doesn't go far enough but also may not assuage moderates enough to get their votes, either.

JOHN BARRASSO: People didn't want to have to buy this product. "Women need access to maternity coverage, it's an essential part of their health care", Glover says.

"The GOP health care plan says, 'Yes, we're going to make sure you can purchase a plan, but the plans we're going to make sure you can purchase are going to be very high deductible plans, ' " he said. "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". And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. And it defunds Planned Parenthood for a year, making breast-cancer screenings and basic reproductive services more hard for women to secure.

"If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote.

Allow health plans to cover a lower share of patients' medical expenses, which means higher out-of-pocket costs for individuals.

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