Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass a similar bill in May, only to criticise it in private as "mean" once it passed.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell hopes to push it through his chamber next week but solid Democratic opposition - and complaints from at least six Republicans - have left its fate unclear. And while I know that division makes it hard to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today. "People will die", Warren said.

The plan gets rid of those mandates. Released Thursday, it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases on higher-income people, insurers and others.

"Fewer people would be able to get tax credits under this bill than Obamacare and the credits themselves would be worth less", says Joe Hanel with C.H.I.

"As I have consistently stated, if the bill is good for Nevada, I'll vote for it and if it's not - I won't", Heller said.

The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.

"Access to affordable health care coverage is critical to building a safer Alaska", he said. That is obscene. Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer.

Democrats were quick to point out that they were not involved in any capacity with the drafting of the new health care bill, which Republicans drafted under reconciliation behind closed doors and out-of-committee hearings.

The proposal would by 2024 phase out funding for states like Kentucky that elected to expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare.

With Republicans in the Senate holding only a 52-48 seat edge, they can afford only two defections to get to a 50-50 tie, allowing Vice President Pence to then presumably break any logjam. But I believe that's what people want to see.

- Senate Republicans are aiming for a final vote next Thursday, before lawmakers leave town for the weeklong July 4th recess.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.

Though he lauded its passage in a rose garden ceremony, Mr Trump last week privately called the House measure "mean" and called on senators to make their version more "generous".

"It's going to be important to get the president's support to get us across the finish line", No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Wednesday of White House officials.

"It is especially perverse that Senate Republicans ‎are paying for their tax cuts with an unprecedented gutting of Medicaid, which provides coverage for America's most vulnerable - children, seniors in nursing homes, low-income Americans, and those with disabilities", Booker said. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets.

Shares of hospital companies and health insurers rose on the bill's release, with the overall S&P 500 healthcare sector closing up 1.1% at an all-time high. "A plan with heart, but Obamacare is dead".

House GOP bill: Allows states to seek waivers from the benefits requirement.

Assembly Republicans introduced and passed a bill early Thursday that provides some protections for those with pre-existing conditions should Congress roll back protections under the Affordable Care Act.

Kuster called the healthcare bill cruel and urged Republicans to work across the aisle to fix the Affordable Care Act.

In fact, the Senate plan follows the House lead in completely changing how the government pays for health care for the poor and disabled.

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