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GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

An estimated 23 million people could lose their healthcare under the House plan, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the outline of a Senate GOP health care bill will be unveiled Thursday, with a vote to follow as soon as next week.

"We're going to make every effort to pass a bill that dramatically changes the current health care law", McConnell said when asked if he has the votes.

Planned Parenthood: Conservatives want to strip Planned Parenthood funding from the health care bill but moderates are opposed to that. "President Donald Trump and this Congress will keep their promise to the American people, and we will repeal and replace Obamacare", Pence told a meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday afternoon.

"I'll let Sen. McConnell determine the Senate schedule and run the Senate that he sees fit", Spicer said. Their only recourse may be procedural ways to slow it down until it dies in the tunnel, and I hope very much that they and other Democratic Senators will take advantage of all such means including withholding consent to other legislation and piling amendments onto the bill when it finally comes into daylight for a vote later this month. The Senate measure would also seek to phase out the program's expansion - although at a more gradual rate than the House version.

But if the Senate passes it, the House and Senate have to reconcile the differences in their bills. That move could prompt states to reduce the size of their Medicaid programs. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), risks alienating moderates, including Capito and Sen.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and other GOP senators from states that expanded Medicaid were still battling to prolong the phase-out of that money to seven years. At the end of 10 years, our state will need to come up with an additional $3 billion a year - on top of the $3 billion needed to close now projected budget deficits - to avoid massive cuts to Medicaid.

Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wanted to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision. "Putting $70 billion, $80 billion, in a stabilization fund is an entitlement program for insurance companies, and I'm not for that". "It might have to be considered separately". U.S. Representative Tom MacArthur of New Jersey, who helped shape the House bill, said it "would make coverage of pre-existing conditions sacrosanct for all Americans". And, to be frank, it allows them - and President Trump - to constantly lie about the bill.

Opponents of the bill that passed the House in May have even more reason to worry about the Senate version now in the works. But average "net" premiums, accounting for federal and state coverage subsidies, would be 5 percent higher.

The Washington Post, citing a "discussion draft" circulating on Capitol Hill Wednesday, said the Senate version repeals all of Obamacare's taxes except those on the so-called "Cadillac plans" provided by employers that exceed typical coverage. Senators had previously toyed with the idea of keeping some of the ACA's taxes.

Will they defund Planned Parenthood? Federal law already prevents taxpayer funding to pay for abortions except to save the life of the woman or in the case of rape or incest.

Key provisions of the Senate's ObamaCare repeal bill meant to curb abortion services are in serious danger of being dropped from the legislation, which could cost the bill votes from conservatives. The measure would eliminate much of Obama's 2010 law and leave government with a diminished role in providing coverage and helping people afford it.

Democrats charge Republicans haven't hit the target the HELP committee and accuse them of using budgetary tricks.


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