GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Dean Heller, according to Politico.

But Senate Republicans didn't include the surcharge in their legislation because the provision conflicts with the Senate's "Byrd Rule", a parliamentary rule that governs what can be included in a budget-reconciliation bill.

The individual mandate is the least popular provision of the Affordable Care Act and Republicans have promised for years to repeal it.

"I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", Trump said in an interview that aired Friday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends".

Casey and others say the bill poses a bigger threat to Pennsylvania's health care system than many other states, partly because of Pennsylvania's relatively generous Medicaid program and partly because of its relatively older and costlier population.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. The chamber has 52 GOP senators.

And, if the Senate bill strips as many people's insurance as the House bill was projected to ― the CBO still has not yet scored the Senate bill, which was remained a secret up until this week ― it could mean a total of approximately 217,000 additional deaths over the next ten years. Their mission is clear: "the GOP wants to push people off of healthcare coverage in order to give more tax breaks to the very wealthy", said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a lobby for Catholic Social Justice. One thing that the Senate bill did, they tried to rewrite the way the tax credits work to help people purchase coverage.

Moller said he wouldn't presume how Kennedy might vote, but noted the senator's public statements have been critical of Medicaid spending and supportive of efforts to scale back the program.

The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect". The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024.

"I have multiple sclerosis, and I'm on Medicaid, and I only got Medicaid through the ACA's Medicaid expansion", said Gunter.

Instead, with the Senate bill, Americans get the same structure of the ACA with all the same problems made worse. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. "The hospital is also against any funding cuts to Medicaid as these cuts would have such a negative impact on local hospitals, as well as for those in our local communities", said John Remillard, president of the University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital, who also heads Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga.

Sens. Paul Ryan of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all said they would not support the current bill after its long-awaited reveal.

Asian carp found in Chicago canal, just 9 miles from Lake Michigan shores: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Dan Egan reports: Asian carp are on the move toward Lake Michigan, even as the Trump administration refuses to release an ambitious new plan to block the migration of the fish up the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and into the Great Lakes. If we don't have more people in the pool because there is no mandate, then I think we'll see premiums go up. "There is no excuse for any Republican or Democrat to oppose the Senate health care bill outright", group President Brian Walsh said Friday. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

That process limits what policies can be included in the legislation, and the waiting period could be among the restricted provisions, Vox reports.

The most controversial aspect of the Senate proposal likely will be the cuts to the Medicaid program, which offers coverage to lower-income Americans.

Also opposing the bill in the hours after it emerged were Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Arc of Pennsylvania, the AARP of Pennsylvania, children's advocacy groups and labor unions.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the US over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill.

"Right now there are 2.6 million uninsured poor adults in states that haven't expanded Medicaid".



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