Senate Healthcare Bill Makes Major Cuts to Medicaid

US Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, but a revolt by four conservatives put the bill in immediate jeopardy.

"I've been here for only five months", Trump said. So in other words, once Americans turn 55, their health care becomes significantly less affordable. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

The president acknowledged the uphill struggle ahead, saying health care is the kind of issue on which bill-writers "do something that's good for one group, but bad for another".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said the new bill was "heartless", warning it would eventually cut Medicaid even more steeply than the House legislation, which slashes it by $800 billion over a decade.

Every member of the Senate Republican caucus agrees on cutting taxes. I don't know that they would come down but they wouldn't go up as fast.

Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday.

"Right now the challenge is - how do we get to 50?" "We're dealing with reality and getting to 50", he stated. This means consumers will likely have to pay more out of pocket to see the doctor and get treatment. Maggie Hassan is a Democrat from New Hampshire. We reached her in Aspen, Colo., where she's attending a conference. Senator, welcome to the program.

MARTIN: You heard Senator McConnell there mention working with Democrats.

Well, it's hard to say that you like the uniforms of the team that's got the guns pointed at you, trying to kill you. Under the Senate bill, tax credits would be based primarily on age as well as income and geography.

Three of the firms that filed for approval from state insurance regulators to offer plans next year in Florida are all part of the same family of companies.

"They'd like to get certain changes", he said, "and we'll see if we can take care of that". They're children, people with disabilities and more than half of the people in our nursing homes. To provide a giant tax break to the wealthiest Americans. He said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart".

It drew strong reaction from Vermont's congressional delegation and Republican Gov. Phil Scott.

MARTIN: So where is the compromise, though? Surprise: Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood.

The 142-page bill, crafted behind closed doors, would result in more gradual but deeper cuts to funding to Medicaid - the government-run insurance program for lower-income Americans - than cuts proposed in a controversial bill passed by the House of Representatives in May. Congress goes on recess on July 4. There is an assumption that the bill doesn't impact the Indian Health Service. I'm on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, known as HELP.

"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates". Under the Affordable Care Act, "taxes increased".

McConnell released the bill after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. I've helped introduce another bill to eliminate the cliff that blocks many middle-class individuals from receiving premium assistance under the current law.

HASSAN:.To take on Big Pharma and bring down prescription-drug prices.

"You should be anxious about trying to regain your life and get better, not about access to the health care system when you need it most", Maloney said. But its flaws should be corrected by an honest, bipartisan effort to deliver better health care at a better cost to more Americans - not this. Shaheen and I are having an emergency field hearing about this bill this afternoon in Concord, N.H., at 2 o'clock at the UNH Law School. Julie, thank you so much for joining us. She's chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She just heard that.

"I'm very thankful for the Affordable Care Act". For example, he said, both bills would phase out the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but the Senate bill would do it more slowly.

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