What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and other Democrats in Washington say the cuts in the subsidies and Medicaid are all created to give the wealthy tax breaks on investment and payroll income and tax breaks to insurance companies.

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

Medicaid, which has been the main funding source in fighting that epidemic, would be be dramatically cut under the plan.

Heller's comments that the bill "takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans" could cause a political headache for Republicans in other competitive races, including those of House Republicans who have voted for their chamber's bill and are considering U.S. Senate bids.

Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies. And Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona could have hard re-election races in 2018, so their vote could impact if they return to Washington for another term.

"I think that they'll probably get there, we'll have to see", President Trump said. That means people with pre-existing conditions in states that seek the flexibility - and you can bet Florida would be among the first in line - may find no coverage or coverage that is prohibitively expensive.

McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes. The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans. "I don't want that life no more", Sanchez said.

Why are they against the bill? .

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"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill", Mr Trump tweeted.

In his remarks, Trump said that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been "wreaking havoc" on the nation's healthcare system, and that "millions more" would be hurt by its "deepening death spiral".

The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program. Senate staffers say they're open to adding a similar provision to the Senate bill.

Still, McConnell is expected to hold a vote regardless of whether there is enough support to pass it.

"I want to make sure that we prop up Medicaid to the degree that the federal government has given in the past and that has become an expectation for the state of Nevada", Heller said.

The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions. From 2015 to 2017, he ran the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Hillary Clinton put on the boxing gloves once again to fight back against the forthcoming Senate healthcare bill.

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