GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

Frederick Owens
June 22, 2017

The group said in a news release that the Republican health care bill passed by the House in May "would decimate Medicaid - a program that covers almost half of the births in the United States, 10 million people with disabilities, and 70 percent of nursing home residents - in addition to kicking almost 23 million Americans off of their health insurance".

The latest version of the bill, called the American Health Care Act, passed the U.S. House in May. They unanimously oppose the GOP bill but lack the votes to defeat it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Amid Democrats' complaints that Senate Republicans are acting in secret on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen.

"I come from a manufacturing background", Mr. Johnson said.

McConnell says he wants to bring the bill to a vote before the July 4th recess.

Democratic Sens. Corey Booker, Chris Murphy, and Brian Schatz hosted a three-part Facebook Live "field trip" to the Congressional Budget Office.

"No one knows the Senate better than McConnell", one White House official said when asked about Trump's involvement, an acknowledgment that he is taking the lead. Republicans like Barrasso see the bill as a win for the GOP and for the promises they made on the campaign trail.

Jeremy Wynes, a Republican candidate US representative in Illinois' 10th Congressional District, took to social media after the New York Times (NYT) estimated that 45 counties and up to 35,000 people would have no Affordable Care Act (ACA) carriers in 2018.

"No hearings. No debate. No bill", he said. The Democrats have criticized the behind-the-scenes meetings, and blocked Senate committees on Wednesday from meeting for over two hours in protest.

The version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House in May would have made almost $1 trillion in cuts to the federal Medicaid program, which serves people with low incomes and those with disabilities. "But the cost exceeded what people estimated".

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Shila Stiefel, a Bismarck woman, obtained health insurance through Medicaid expansion in 2013 that enabled her to receive counseling for her addiction to opioid painkillers. That's because the bill proposed to give people help based on their age instead of their incomes. Medicaid was first created to provide health care to low-income families, pregnant women and those with disabilities. He said Vermont would lose 3,700 jobs by 2026.

GOP Senate leaders were eager to get a seal of approval from Trump, who had urged them to produce a bill more "generous" than the House's.

Medicaid is the country's largest government health care program, covering more Americans than its better-known sibling, Medicare.

"If it's good legislation, I'll vote for it", Heller said. 30% support it. Another 29% said they "don't know".

"I think they've forgotten all the rallies where we said we're going to repeal it".

Dr. Kavita Patel, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and Johns Hopkins physician, said the new health care rules mean big changes to Medicaid.

The Republican senator for Arizona said that he has not yet seen a copy of the legislation during an interview with Bloomberg.

Schlosser said it's crucial for the Trump administration to stabilize the current system in preparation for any changes. He said his hospital would lose up to $10 million per year in reimbursement out of an annual budget around $250 million.

M) WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2017) – The Alliance for the Adoption of Innovations in Medicine (Aimed Alliance) – a not-for-profit working to improve health care in the USA – today released Quality Health Care in the United States: A Roadmap for Consumer-Focused Reform with ten reform recommendations for Congress to preserve broad access to health insurance coverage, stabilize the marketplaces, and equip consumers to make responsible, informed health care decisions.

"We haven't seen it yet", Paul said.

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