"There are families - middle-income families in SC - that in 18 months will get a call from their nursing home (saying): 'You're got to come get granny because we have no more Medicaid money, and we're not keeping her, ' " said Lynn Bailey, a Columbia-based health-care economist.
"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates". Over time, however, Medicaid cuts will be even deeper than the $800 billion the House bill cuts. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation", he said. "That in turn will make the risk pool much healthier, which will also lower premiums".
Note: This will be updated as we make our way through the text of the bill.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski listens to panelists at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee in Cordova, Alaska on June 10, 2017. Before Obamacare, insurers could sell coverage that didn't cover things like mental health or prescription drugs.
The proposal, which is dubbed the "Better Care Reconciliation Act", would change how states fund their Medicaid programs by shifting to block grants or per capita caps on spending.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf also said the Senate version is more heartless than the House bill because of the devastating cuts to Medicaid, according to the Olympian.
Former President Barack Obama stepped back into the political arena Thursday to call on supporters to stop the Republican health care bill from becoming law. While the bill leaves in place subsidies to help pay for insurance, it would narrow eligibility for them to 350% of the federal poverty level instead of the current 400%.
Republican leaders are pushing to hold a vote on the legislation before lawmakers leave for the July 4 recess.
Republicans in the Senate finally unveiled their health care bill Thursday after spending almost two months crafting the legislation behind closed doors. Republicans have always welcomed that proposal.
Lisa Desjardins begins our coverage. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - in lockstep against the bill, Republicans can afford only two defectors.
The bill was created to be a budget reconciliation instead of new legislation and thus would need only a simple majority of Senate to pass the bill, as opposed to the customary 60-vote majority.
"Now we know why they tried to keep this secret", Nelson said in a statement released by his office. This was created to address several problems, including the possibility that people would purchase coverage only when they got sick.
The bill lets states waive required coverage of essential health benefits.
Health-care stocks rose Thursday, but Molina said the market is unaware of the future costs of the bill, which, he says, will override profits in several years. But it then allows states to ask for waivers to opt out of that requirement. These four intrepid conservative Senators will stand in opposition as well unless serious changes are made to the bill. Almost a third of Ohioans getting coverage under the health care program have a substance abuse or dependence problem, the state says. Medicaid expansion now covers about 400,000 people. Home-state governors, including Republicans, have lobbied to avoid the kind of Medicaid cuts the GOP Congress is proposing.