Health Care gains in danger!!
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 16:50
The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.
As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than flawless and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".
Menendez gave his remarks at the Newark Community Health Center, a federally-funded health clinic where over 60 percent of patients rely on Medicaid to fund treatment.
On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role. The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes.
The Republican healthcare bill was built behind closed doors, but now it's out in plain sight.
To get a better sense of what that would mean on a state-by-state basis - and who might be hardest-hit by a rollback - we charted out some of the key aspects of Medicaid and the expansion under the ACA.
Senate Republicans' unveiling of the Healthcare Bill was also a shot in the arm for drug companies, as they hope that the much-awaited tax reforms will get implemented.
Flake is politically popular but faces a primary challenge from a conservative.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state". The proposal would impose long-term federal spending cuts on the program. He told Fox News, "I think that they'll probably get there, but those Senators are not the only obstacles". She was asked about the bill's impact on lower-income Iowans now covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Republicans unveiled a bill earlier on Thursday in a step forward to fulfil their seven-year-long promise to replace the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation that was considered the centrepiece of Obama's legacy and coined "Obamacare". Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. Bernie Sanders went so far to call it "by far the most harmful piece of legislation [he's] seen in [his] lifetime".
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists he wants a vote before the Fourth of July recess, leaving GOP leaders one week to win over more votes. Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.