Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Not 'That Far Off' From Passing Health Overhaul

If Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are successful one of the biggest winners would be the wealthy. Source Shutterstock  Sofia Ordonez  CNNMoney Arizona Medicaid agency says Senate health bill cost $7.1B
Connie Andrews | 26 June, 2017, 02:18

"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a news conference with Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The last time they did, for the House version of the bill, the news was that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured when all is said and done. Some of those lawmakers could eventually change their stances after potential amendments to the plan. In the Senate version of the bill, subsidies would be tied to income, like they are in the ACA (the House bill tied subsidies to age).

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill.

AHIP isn't taking a formal position on the bill, and the group said measures to shore up the individual health insurance market are largely positive.

The expansion has provided coverage to 11 million people in the 31 states that accepted it.

Lynch said the shift in Medicaid funding - from 50-50 state and federal funding to roughly 70 percent funded by states - will be particularly devastating to states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in recent years, including MA, saying: "Medicaid expansion, that'll kill MA". That's what I want.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation's Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law's tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law's coverage guarantees. That expansion program would begin being phased out in 2021, and fully repealed three years later.

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. Republicans say they are working to lower the cost of health insurance premiums, lower deductibles and still provide access to health care for the most vulnerable.

"I'm pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different members who represent so many different constituents, who are facing so many different challenges", Sen. Johnson said Friday he has not decided where he stands on the bill. They plan to rush it to a vote with no hearings for their fellow senators or the public. That chamber, too, faced opposition from both conservative and moderate pockets.

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