Senate bill is 'mean and heartless'

Vice President Mike Pence can vote yes to break the tie and pass the bill. No Democrats are expected to vote in favor of the measure.

Reaction on the Hill for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) released a statement saying she would review the bill and is "particularly interested" in looking at "the changes in the Medicaid program". Both of those taxes only apply to individuals making more than $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000. Overall, however, the cuts to Medicaid are deeper than those in the House bill.

The Senate should rewrite the House bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants worked in secret for weeks on the Bill, and he said the debate on it would start next week. He underscored the taxes and regulations in the ACA that the GOP measure would repeal. But it's really the best option that Republicans have at this point since they do not have 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster on a regular piece of legislation.

Some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about Mr. McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he would like to move it to passage. Senate leaders have more work to do to secure the votes needed to pass the measure, Republicans familiar with the effort said.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said in a statement that he has serious concerns about the bill's effect on residents in his state who depend on Medicaid, adding that he will continue to read the proposed legislation.

An estimated 23 million people could lose their health care under the plan narrowly passed by the House, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Pearson said those subsidies will be smaller than under current law.

He continued, "The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing, only this wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill".

But it was unclear if, or how, the Senate would follow the House's path and forbid the use of health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. The House measure links federal insurance subsidies to age, while the Senate version bases subsidies on income. This would allow insurers to offer less comprehensive policies, so those with pre-existing conditions may not have all of their treatments covered.

It allows states to cut back on essential benefits.

Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday. The ACA established subsidies for those under 400 percent of the poverty line - about $47,000 per person or around $97,000 for a family of four.

Still, the number of low-income people without health insurance would be likely to grow because, starting in 2021, the bill would begin a three-year phase-out of the significant federal money expansion states now receive. If the repeal bill is still looming over the Senate, Republicans are certain to face intense pressure from constituents who wish to see the Affordable Care Act remain in place.

Planned Parenthood: As in the House bill, it would defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Federal law already prevents taxpayer funding to pay for abortions except to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest. It does slash many Obamacare taxes, which would be nice on its own, but now that tax revenue will not be there to cover all those subsidies the Republicans are keeping in their plan!

The plan would also provide funding created to help stabilize the Obamacare insurance markets in the near term and funnel money through programs to cut off access to funding for abortion providers.

The CBO analysis will shed light on how much money the bill would cost and how many people would be covered.

Outside criticism of the GOP effort has been mounting. Many states would be without a functioning market for health care.

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