GOP Health Bill: Senate Leader Faces Battle for Support
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 4:34
"[The Better Care Act] takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said, echoing a sentiment expressed in his initial statement on the bill, when it came out Thursday. But if this effort continues, any bill reforming Medicaid payments (absent the expansion population) should be a data-driven analysis of funding levels needed to protect the most at-risk patients.
Is [former President Obama] is a good judge of whether or not a health bill is going to work when he promised the American people "you get to keep your doctor, you get to keep your plan?"
The Senate and House bills would eliminate this so-called net investment income tax and make the repeal retroactive to January 1, 2017.
Mr McConnell is reportedly looking to schedule a vote on the bill sometime before the 4 July Congressional recess, which does not give much time to deliver what Mr Obama called "the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines". It also would provide more generous tax subsidies than the House bill to help low-income people buy private insurance.
"The process for writing this bill was so secretive that even the people who were supposed to be writing it had no idea what was in it", Meyers said, referring to the working group of 13 senators assembled to draft the bill. He said the state's uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward.
A number of Republicans such as Susan Collins and ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill until they had had a chance to read it.
PEARSON: The Medicaid cuts are even more draconian than the House bill was, though they take effect more gradually than the House bill did. "This legislation will result in millions of Americans losing their health care".
This bill is better designed than the House version, according to Avik Roy, founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, because it offers more help to older people who can't afford insurance while making coverage cheaper for young healthy people.
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.