Health care draft bill brings uncertainty to Iowa market

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. As they did so, network coverage of health care legislation dropped off precipitously. But what should be eye-opener that even many Republicans are against the Obamacare replacement in its present form that makes Republican Party, that is in majority, short of votes to pass the bill in the House as happened in May this year when, in a major defeat for Donald Trump, the Republicans had to withdraw the legislation as they could not garner numbers even after months of canvassing.

The four are Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid.

And Susan Collins of ME restated her opposition to blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood.

On Friday he again said he opposed the bill. But it's much, much, much better than ObamaCare - which is what we'll remain stuck with if the Senate bill doesn't pass. Senator Crapo released a statement calling the new bill a "promising step toward maintaining affordable care". Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week.

Heller's opposition is the latest roadblock for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). That was less time than the networks spent covering the alleged Russian election interference (238 minutes), but more time than given to the news of the investigation into and firing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (135 minutes). States don't have the resources to make up the difference, so they would likely reduce eligibility, curtail benefits or cut provider payments.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis will come early next week.

Consider that, all else equal except subsidies, a 30-year-old earning about 250% of the poverty level would owe about $1,700 for a bronze-type plan this year under the Senate TrumpCare bill, after subsidies - nearly exactly the same as the cost under ObamaCare this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation subsidy calculator.

Despite this, half of Florida's children and three in five nursing home residents depend on Medicaid and its Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a June 2017 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Consumers purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace would get less-generous tax credits, tax penalties would no longer apply when people don't buy insurance and larger companies don't offer it to their employees.

McConnell has said he wants to have a vote on the proposed legislation next week, prior to Congress' July 4 recess.

"We're going to pay for it one way or another; there are no free lunches", she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Senate Democrats on Thursday defended President Barack Obama's signature legislation, saying Republican claims that the law was failing are off base, and the GOP proposal would force millions of Americans to lose health-care coverage and leave others with higher out-of-pocket costs, the AP reported. It is the character of the nation - "who we are, and who we aspire to be and that's always worth fighting for", Obama writes. The proposal makes big cuts in Medicaid, the joint state-federal program that helps provide care to low-income adults and others.

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. Through tax cuts, both bills then redirect that $800 billion to those who are deemed much more in need. The Senate bill, in addition to rolling back the A.C.A.'s expansion of Medicaid, starting in 2021, would also change the way that Medicaid is financed, converting it into a block-grant program-meaning that the federal government would cap the amount of money it gives to states, which administer the program. "If they can't have access to health care there in their communities, they have to drive long distances".

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