GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

Senators Paul Lee Cruz and Johnson to Oppose

Senators Paul Lee Cruz and Johnson to Oppose"Obamacare Lite

Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years. Much of those criticism has centered on how the bill's steep cuts to Medicaid, among other things, would amount to a death sentence for Americans who rely on the program.

Also, unlike Obamacare, the Senate bill would provide more generous subsidies to enrollees in their 20s and 30s who qualify for aid. "I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas". "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday.

As we have said before, Obamacare isn't sacrosanct. It would take only three defections to Democrats opposing the bill to sink the measure. Changes can still be made to the legislation. But he said it was time to act. "The Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion, and in fact we'll have the federal government pay the lion share of the cost", said Toomey.

"Our goal is to decrease premiums, is to make it so health care coverage is actually affordable again", Price said on CNN. Removing the incentive for doctors to conduct more medical procedures because they get paid for each one can go a long way toward eliminating the estimated 30 percent waste in the country's health-care system, he said. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The GOP senators who joined Johnson in the Thursday statement were Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

As for Medicaid - the state-federal program for the poor, elderly and disabled, which covers more than 1 million people in Wisconsin - the Senate bill "is substantially worse than the House version", said Jon Peacock, research director for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. "He said your bill is not a health care bill, it's a massive transfer of wealth, it's going to harm Americans, it's mean", Hegseth asked later.

Heller is up for re-election in 2018 and is considered one of the most vulnerable GOP senators. The details that we've seen, at least so far, aren't particularly good for people with lower incomes. Both bills start with various of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act, but those are mere appetizers.

Trump's team also failed to score major wins in last month's wrap-up spending bill, as lawmakers blocked funding for his border wall, leading the president to lash out on Twitter and ponder vetoing the measure.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. He said amendments during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". They eventually won a number of concessions to the final version of the bill that passed.

Neither the House nor the Senate bill fully dismantles the scaffolding of Obamacare; rather, they allow the states to do most of the dirty work.

McConnell wants a vote before his members head home to face their constituents over Congress' Fourth of July recess - maybe even before they have a chance to fully digest the bill, which would shake up an industry that comprises one-sixth of the USA economy and safeguards the health and well-being of more than 300 million Americans.

"We have over 2 million people on Medicaid in Pennsylvania, and our fear is that those people are not going to be on Medicaid in five years", said vigil organizer Robin Stelly. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024. People earning up to 350% of the federal poverty level, or $86,100 for a family of four, would qualify for help buying insurance-compared with up to 400% under Obamacare. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.

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. "You can't name any combination of tax cuts and entitlement reforms like this in one bill".

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