Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill — CHART
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 19:52
This long-awaited proposal marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals - reversing a key part of President Obama's legacy. It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. "S$3 mall tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation", Obama added. It's important to consider that the Senate bill would give states the flexibility to take waivers on essential health benefits.
Both bills will mean less robust coverage and more out-of-pocket costs for poorer Americans compared to Obamacare.
Robert Greenstein, head of the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said he was "stunned" by the harshness of the Senate GOP plan and would "do more harm" to Medicaid and the rest of the health care system than any other piece of legislation he can recall over the past 45 years.
The Association of American Medical Colleges says the Senate plan would leave millions of people without health coverage, and others with only bare-bones insurance plans.
Phasing out expanded Medicaid: Under traditional Medicaid, the federal government and states share in the cost of coverage, with the feds picking up as much as 60 percent of the cost and the states picking up the rest - and with no limit on overall spending.
Conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have warned they could oppose the bill if it doesn't go far enough in dismantling Obama's law. Fixing our nation's health care system shouldn't be a partisan issue. It repeals most of the taxes and mandates in Obamacare.
Senate Republican leadership released a "discussion draft" of their healthcare bill on Thursday, saying that there will be ample opportunity for senators to analyse, discuss and provide their thoughts before the legislation goes to the floor for a vote. Medicaid expansion, created by the Affordable Care Act, has dramatically reduced costs for Cook County public hospitals and clinics because so many more patients now are covered. Trump made Obamacare repeal a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign. And they pay for those tax cuts by trimming how much the federal government's going to pay to the Medicaid program, which is a program that primarily benefits pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly.
McConnell is pushing toward a vote next week but Paul's stance throws that into question. Democrats countered that the bill is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of middle- and low-income families who will lose health insurance.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed back.
Some of the protesters are being escorted individually.
Medicaid cuts and tax cuts. But medical groups announced opposition, saying it would diminish coverage. Wyoming Republican John Barrasso has talked about this principle, and like a lot of Republicans, he says it's about freedom.
"We're a no on the bill now", the two-term Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill. The Senate bill would also preserve almost all of ObamaCare's other insurance regulations. David Brooks, writing previous year, recalled the heady mood perfectly: "The supporters argued that the system would help Americans purchase health insurance through carefully regulated state exchanges".
At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not flawless, nor could it be the end of our efforts - and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.
Trump, who said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart", told reporters at the White House that healthcare legislation would require "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". Almost the exact same number of Democrats said they don't. The Senate bill also proposes eliminating many ACA taxes, and the employer penalties associated with the employer and individual mandates would be repealed retroactively, dating to the start of 2016. Senate Republicans have intensified the war on Medicaid services that New Yorkers rely on. Advisers to the GOP leader say he won't call for a vote until he is certain it will pass. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package. "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill, ' he wrote in a Facebook post". "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless".
Of course, the future remains uncertain.
It faces uniform Democratic opposition.
But some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he'd like to whisk it to passage.
The measure was shaping up to be a tough pill to swallow for many lawmakers, including a handful of Republicans who might doom the attempt.
McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week.