Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

Others are much more reluctant to leave and it's taking four or five officers to carry them out.

The legislation would also overhaul Medicaid, capping federal spending at a per-person allotment rather than the open-ended funding now allowed under the program.

Murkowski says she worries about the one provider left in Alaska and the rising costs of premiums for Alaskans.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "No surprise that insurance lobbyists are helping write this bill". "The goal of this bill is to dramatically scale back the safety net so wealthy people and health care companies can get a massive tax cut", Young wrote this week.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP's 142-page discussion draft was posted online.

Republican respondents were more supportive of the House plan than others.

"We live in the wealthiest country on earth". "It's going to be important to get the president's support to get us across the finish line". The broad outlines of it look a lot like the House bill, the American Health Care Act, which was passed in May. There's no indication the GOP has enough support for it to pass in a vote that could come as early as next week.

In at least one respect, the draft Senate bill is actually meaner than the House bill, which had a 17 percent approval rating.

It faces uniform Democratic opposition.

Trump clearly delighted in returning to a campaign-like setting, an arena packed with enthusiastic supporters applauding his attacks on Democrats and the media as well as his renewed calls for stricter immigration policies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants worked in secret for weeks on the Bill, and he said debate on it would start next week. Big cuts to Medicaid further down the road and a repeal of almost all of Obamacare's taxes.

Senate Republicans are unveiling their plan at a critical time for Obamacare's insurance exchanges, where consumers can purchase individual coverage. Their votes are absolutely crucial to the whole effort to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare, the promise Republicans made time and time again over the past seven years and which McConnell is determined to fulfill. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.

Some of the Senate bill's provisions could be political land mines, with individual senators' reactions crucial to determining whether or not the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, survives a Republican attack that has been underway since its passage in 2010.

Although the Senate proposal slows Medicaid's expansion more slowly than the House bill it would institute deeper long-term cuts to the program, which helps low-income Americans, the report said.

OBAMACARE Imposed new taxes to help pay for coverage expansion.

The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled GOP alternative to Obamacare, warning in a speech that "more Americans may get hurt if we don't do something".

Many moderates are still likely to be displeased that the Senate draft will nearly certainly result in significantly more uninsured people than under the ACA, although it could look a little better than the House version on that measure, which is estimated to cost 23 million people their coverage in a decade.

But some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he'd like to whisk it to passage.

As Senate Republicans secretly work out their version of a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, we implore the GOP's moderate lawmakers, including Rep. John Katko, to demand more transparency.

Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama's health law. A provision of the House health care bill that prohibits the use of federal tax credits to help buy insurance that includes coverage of abortions could be forced out of the Senate health bill, which McConnell plans to unveil on Thursday.

Some conservative and moderate GOP senators have their doubts, too.


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