Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Four conservative Republican senators - Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee - said they opposed the current version.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell hopes to push it through his chamber next week but solid Democratic opposition - and complaints from at least six Republicans - have left its fate unclear. However, the four senators do appear open to negotiations and amendments that could turn their "no" to a "yes".

"For more than seven years, Obamacare's mandates, taxes and regulations have wreaked havoc on our health care system and Americans' pocketbooks", said Senator Pat Roberts.

The Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks also said in s statement that the bill doesn't live up to promises by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of a full repeal of the ACA.

"Make no mistake: the Senate bill is just as devastating as the widely unpopular House-passed bill and sends us back to a time when health care was out of reach for many in our state", said Heather O'Loughlin, co-director of the nonprofit.

The average Florida enrollee who received tax credits this year saw monthly premiums averaging $444 reduced to $84.

Does a larger share of South Florida residents rely on Obamacare compared to the state and nation? Women can't be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free.

On both the moderate and conservative sides of the party, some of the lawmakers that may be the toughest for McConnell to get to a yes are the same ones who may have to rely on his generosity for their re-elections. "We're bigger than NY with more people on Medicaid and they get $23 billion from the fed government", said Scott, a former health care executive.

"Where it leaves us in Virginia is we just forfeited several billion dollars for no good reason", he said in an interview. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the centrist has some misgivings about the bills as well. "She has a number of concerns and will be particularly interested in examining the forthcoming CBO analysis on the impact on insurance coverage, the effect on insurance premiums, and the changes in the Medicaid program", Clark said.

On Saturday in Great Falls, Tester is holding a town hall to discuss the health care bill.

For the next two years, the Senate would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people.

"These cuts are blood money". Republicans say it costs too much and involves the federal government too much in healthcare.

To put the American people through that pain - while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return - that's tough to fathom.

"Overall, I believe that we can do better for our state and our country, but I will not vote for a bill that will make things worse for Alaskans", he said in a statement.

"This bill does not represent our values", she said. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless". "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else". That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.States could not get exemptions to Obama's prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said.

The Senate bill would effectively remove the Obama administration's incentives and disincentives that have encouraged individuals and companies to invest in broader health coverage.

Florida politicians weighed in on the U.S. Senate's new proposal to repeal and replace Barack Obama's signature healthcare bill. Protesters were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

  • Leroy Wright