Senate GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes


The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026.

The draft outline also detailed funds to stabilize US insurance markets, where customers' high medical costs have driven premium rates higher and pushed out health insurers in 2017; the situation is expected to worsen in 2018. As in the House bill, those individual and employer penalties would be repealed retroactively, dating back to the start of 2016.

Paul's proposal has had little support in the past, and is unlikely to be taken up before the Senate votes on the Republican plan next week.

The group of around 20 protesters outside of Rubio's office said the American Health Care Act would help the rich, while taking away health care insurance for millions Americans. The AHCA used age rather than income to calculate subsidies. Obamacare bar subsidies to families that earn more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level. According to the draft, assistance will be capped for those earning 350 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2020. The Senate version would funnel this money through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which is already subject to the abortion rule, essentially a roundabout way to restrict money from going to abortion providers.

Reconciliation permits legislation to pass the Senate with only a simple majority of members supporting it, but the bill must also comply with a set of chamber rules governing the process. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion dr". Trump did not elaborate.

The Republican majority in the US Senate is about to reveal a new healthcare bill, one less brutal than the one proposed by the House of Representatives, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. A vote could happen as early as Next Thursday.

Capito said on Tuesday she was also concerned the Senate healthcare plan might cap Medicaid spending and shift it to a lower growth rate in 2025. If just three of them vote no, the bill would not pass.

In addition to Democrats, some Republicans have complained about not seeing the bill, too.

Alleged moderate Republicans might have trouble cutting Medicaid's expansion so drastically, while the more conservative members of the party would probably want to see further cuts in order to reduce the deficit, or whatever it is they always say when they don't want to spend money keeping poor people alive.

Vice President Mike Pence, a former congressman, has been more involved than Trump with the Senate debate, regularly chatting with lawmakers, including meetings on Tuesday. But he said that, at thrice-weekly Republican luncheons and at private meetings with GOP senators, the issue has been discussed, with the contents of those discussions often shared.

The measure is being written in secret and many Senate Republicans were saying they still had not seen detailed legislation.

If that number proves to be accurate, it could be a death blow to the bill.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said the GOP has been talking about repeal and replace for seven years, campaigned on it and now have to act.