Five GOP senators now oppose health bill-enough to sink it

Those costs would come from the federal government shifting Medicaid costs to states, withholding payments for uncompensated care at hospitals and imposing new caps on per capita reimbursement rates for health care, the AHCCCS report said. "The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it".

As we have said before, Obamacare isn't sacrosanct.

Trump, in a pretaped interview with "Fox & Friends", said it would be "so easy" to pass a new health care bill to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, if there were more bipartisanship among lawmakers.

In his address, Trump went on to call for congressional Democrats to muster the political courage to support the measure, "instead of obstructing, always obstructing change". Schumer, who leads Democrats in the chamber, opposes the bill. "We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family". Five GOP senators now do not support the measure.

There are some differences between the House bill and the Senate bill, but overall, many people are concerned if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, because the replacement could leave millions of Americans without coverage.

As NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben reports, the BCRA is similar in many ways to the House's health care alternative, the American Health Care Act, that passed last month.

But in his interview on Sunday, Trump seemed confident in the contents of the Senate's bill, as well as its passage - although he predicted some changes to placate the senators that are now not supporting the legislation.

"There are folks in the Republican conference who desperately want this to devolve to the states", said Whitlock, who's now vice president for health policy at ML Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm.

The Senate, meanwhile, keeps the House's tax cuts effectively intact - allowing Democrats to charge that the bill finances tax cuts for the wealthy with reductions in health care. Clinton wrote the strong words on Twitter as she retweeted a study by the Center for American Progress that said the health care bill now making its way through the Senate could lead to as many as 28,000 additional deaths in 2026.

McCaskill met with Kansas City healthcare leaders Saturday to discuss how the passing of the bill would affect Missourians.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the new Republican bill was "every bit as bad as the House bill" and "even worse" in some ways. They included letting states design coverage without needing federal waivers, allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines, and allowing insurers that meet federal mandates to sell other plans that don't comply.

Then he criticized two prominent Democratic senators.

Heller is the most vulnerable Republican senator up for re-election in 2018, and he represents a state that accepted the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare.

"I think some of the reforms are great".

"I think this gets to the core of what it means to have a civilized society", he said. The AHCA disguises discrimination as flexibility and makes health care less accessible and more expensive for those who need it most.

"A lot of employers (now) have plans that are actually priced above the maximum HSA contribution", so people end up paying for out-of-pocket expenses with after-tax funds, said Eric Dowley, a senior vice president with Fidelity's HSA business. "Their theme is resist".


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