Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 12:25
Thursday was the first day that everyone got to see this horrid creation up close, and you don't have to read any further than this, but it's trash.
"There are families - middle-income families in SC - that in 18 months will get a call from their nursing home (saying): 'You're got to come get granny because we have no more Medicaid money, and we're not keeping her, ' " said Lynn Bailey, a Columbia-based health-care economist.
US Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, but a revolt by four conservatives put the bill in immediate jeopardy.
However, it would preserve two of the ACA's most-popular provisions: insurers could not deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and children may stay on their parents' plans until the age of 26.
The subsidies also make it so a person can not pay more than a certain percentage of their income on premiums.
Obama has little influence on the vote in the Senate, where the Republicans hold a majority.
The bill proposes to phase out the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled from 2021 to 2024, and then push deeper cuts in the program than the House version starting 2025. The Senate version maintains much of the structure of the House bill, but with modest adjustments. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "The president said the Senate bill needed heart".
Democrats gathered on the Senate floor and defended Mr Obama's 2010 overhaul. Meanwhile, their bill would provide over $200 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement Thursday saying that the bill targets NY and threatens to slash an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funding, leading to cuts to hospitals, nursing homes, and home care providers. Though he celebrated the passing in a Rose Garden event, Trump reportedly called the House bill "mean". "I think it's a bad idea when you rely on a small percentage of wealthy people for health care for other people", said Jason Clark, the chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party. Today Medicaid pays for all the care people need, and the state and federal governments share the cost.
"From what I understand, their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill".
The bill would require New York State to pick up the county share of Medicaid costs.