GOP Health Bill: Senate Leader Faces Battle for Support


This press conference may have been Heller laying claim to one of the two lifeboats that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can spare in order to get to 50 votes.

On the other hand, I do think it's very likely most Republican senators just don't care very much one way or another.

People are saying, where's the health care, where's the health care?

Is the Senate version less "mean" than the House bill, to use President Donald Trump's description of that earlier effort? By a year ago, that was down to 7 per cent. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, attributes the higher coverage rates to the Medicaid expansion and said the Senate bill would undo that. Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Sen. Even last month, while delivering a speech during an event, Obama had appealed to the Congressmen to oppose Trump administration's moves to repeal Obamacare, adding that "the lawmakers should have the courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm", a CNN report said.

House bill: Would eliminate most of those taxes. The ACA required that premium subsidies be linked to the price of a category of health insurance that was a kind of minimum standard for Obamacare and covered 70 percent of health costs on average - called a silver plan under Obamacare nomenclature.

Under the Senate GOP bill, there isn't much of an incentive for people to buy health insurance unless they know they're going to use it. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation.

He called on citizens to pressure lawmakers into working with each other by calling and visiting members of Congress and sharing their stories about how the proposed bill will affect them.

The Senate reportedly considered provisions that might have helped, such as automatically enrolling everyone who doesn't already have insurance in a basic, high-deductible insurance plan, but the version of the legislation released Thursday includes nothing of the sort. Not really. Does the new bill have the "heart" that Trump demanded? A week or so, assuming a major vote before the July 4 recess, appears even worse a rush to get a health care financing bill, but not necessarily a bill that's good for health care for many Americans.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

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Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

As a remedy, the Senate bill would offer federal tax credits to help pay for insurance premiums for anyone earning between 0 and 350 percent of the poverty level (up to about $42,000 for an individual) starting in 2020.

House bill: Instead of a mandate, insurers could impose 30% surcharge on people who buy a new plan after letting previous coverage lapse, giving healthy people an incentive to remain insured.

Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to later criticize it in private as "mean".

Mr. Sandoval accepted federal funding in the health law to expand Medicaid in the state and praised the impact on Nevada, especially the 210,000 residents who obtained Medicaid coverage.

That would make the insurance all but useless to people with costly pre-existing conditions, which will discourage many people from buying it.

ACA: Young adults could stay on parents' health plan until age 26.

The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.