Sens. Portman, Capito Wary on Revised Healthcare Bill

Sens. Portman, Capito Wary on Revised Healthcare Bill

Ted Cruz, Republican-Texas, that would allow insurers to sell less comprehensive plans if they also offered at least one option that complied with federal standards.

The revised Better Care Reconciliation Act keeps the Medicaid reductions - $772 billion over 10 years.

That said, the ACA is not a ideal bill, but it has provisions in it that help our county and country excel by providing Medicaid expansion, insuring more people, and creating a safety net for the sick that was unavailable to residents in previous years. He added it in, and now Cruz is a "yes". Around 1.5 million people with pre-existing conditions would be priced out of the market if those goes into effect, an analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation found.

It is not a coincidence that Republican Sen. Both could stop this bill in its tracks. It will end the same way, but what the hell, let's indulge them and their fake concerns!

Proposed funding set aside to combat the opioid crisis has also been increased significantly, from the original draft's $2 billion to $45 billion. You see that in the poll results.

Supported the Cruz amendment, but as far as going forward? Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told FOX Business Thursday he did not support the stabilization fund for insurance companies.

According to, essential health benefits include, "doctors' services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, and more".

The individual and employer mandates to buy insurance goes away, but individuals who drop their coverage would be unable to purchase new coverage for six months. "I think it would be very bad". The exemption is relatively narrow, and the expert who pointed it out to me (Timothy Jost of Washington and Lee University) is somewhat puzzled about how this would work in practice. "I think that's a bad thing to do", he said.

Seeking to rally support, McConnell, reminded GOP senators that obliterating the 2010 statute has been a central tenet for the party's candidates. If that doesn't pass, there is no vote on the bill itself.

These two grafs are awesome, and show that it's basically a one-off bribe for a vote.

The bill would establish a federally funded high-risk pool in states to help offset the expense of coverage of higher-risk enrollees.

States would get $182 billion, up from $112 billion, to develop plans created to hold down health care costs. So will we know fairly quickly the chances of this bill?

Senator Lindsey Graham is now putting together a package of healthcare fixes that he says could possibly gain Democratic support. They all agree about tax cuts, don't they?

So those are the hold-outs. (Paul said he will vote "no" and Collins is widely expected to be "no"). The need to make deals with Democrats means GOP leaders will probably cut the conservatives out of the process - unless the Freedom Caucus can find a way to force the leadership to include them. There is no such thing as courage on the right side of the aisle.



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