Senate GOP health bill: Cut Medicaid, end no-coverage fines

The House of Representatives last month narrowly passed a revised version of an ACA repeal and replacement bill: The American Health Care Act (AHCA). "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo".

The plan gets rid of those mandates.

In Hermiston, a few people got together Thursday afternoon to learn more about Medicare through a seminar with employees from Hermiston's Simmons Insurance Group.

Obama also said that the legislation: "is not a health care bill".

McConnell said in the chamber that a fresh CBO score on the new bill was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor. And I don't mean to exaggerate, but in the main, it's very hard to be supportive of something that takes health insurance away from 20 million or so Americans.

The plan does keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income citizens and people with pre-existing conditions.

Both bills would eliminate most of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

The legislation also would eliminate the caps on contributions to tax-deductible flexible spending accounts.

But Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of News York said that by slashing taxes on the wealthy and cutting health care for the poor, "the Senate version of Trumpcare is even meaner than the House bill". People of limited means would have to shoulder a larger share of the premium cost. They also want to start to change the way the federal government calculates payments to the states starting in 2025, which will reduce the federal government's contribution to the states.

"I hope our Senators ask themselves - what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage?" he added.

"Over time, it will hopefully go up less rapidly than it was otherwise going to go up, but sort of permanently expanding federal contributions in the Medicaid category are simply not a catastrophic cut, as some would like to characterize it", Toomey said.

Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body.

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President Obama also issued a statement condemning the bill on Thursday, urging Republicans to vote against it. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the bill, drafted in secret by a handful of lawmakers and aides, at a closed-door session with party faithful.

Democrats say they offered to help fix Obamacare but were rebuffed. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

At the same time, the proposal "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", Sanders said.

AVIK ROY: The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.

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. "I will make a final decision based on whether this legislation, on the whole, is better than what is in place today".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in an off-camera briefing on Friday that President Donald Trump remains "committed" to protecting recipients of Medicaid, a program he repeatedly vowed not to cut during his presidential campaign.

CORNISH: Polls have shown that the Republican proposal is fairly unpopular (laughter). So.

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