Obama denounces 'fundamental meanness' of Senate GOP health care bill


"Under the Senate Trumpcare bill, if you buy your own insurance, you could have to pay more for your coverage". If passed, it would mean less coverage for fewer people at higher costs, all while giving a tax cut to the wealthy.

Democrats and some insurers say Trump has sabotaged the Affordable Care Act, in part by threatening to withhold subsidies paid to insurers so they can reduce deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for millions of low-income people.

Only those earning up to 350% of the poverty level ($41,600 in 2017) would qualify, rather than the 400% threshold ($47,500 in 2017) contained in Obamacare. But it would push down the threshold to 350 percent of the poverty level.

In both plans, states could keep coverage for the newly eligible adults, but federal taxpayers would not continue to pay a larger share of the bill.

Drop penalties for failing to get health insurance. This would apply to employers, too. The measure also repeals the mandate on individuals to purchase health insurance.

The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners.

The Senate cuts would be even larger over the long-term, and could effectively put an end to the program, which insures almost one in five Americans and is "our nation's largest safety net for low-income people". If the adjustments aren't high enough, ME would be among the states that could wind up seeing shortfalls that lead to cuts in eligibility, reduced services or less coverage, Collins said.

Cut the future growth rate of overall Medicaid spending. These activities are considered Medicaid outreach and are administrative costs. "It isn't that much different than what was proposed before", he said.

Other GOP governors of expansion states were silent or issued statements saying they needed time to study the legislation's specifics.

Pollack suggested that the Senate "go back to the drawing board and develop legislation that continues to provide coverage to all Americans who now have it", a sentiment other groups expressed as well.

The primary one ties the premiums subsidies to the cost of bronze plans instead of silver ones, upon which Obamacare payments are based. The more precious the metal, the better - but more expensive - the coverage.

"Before passing a massive bill that will affect the lives of every single American, there ought to be a rigorous and robust debate on the floor", Schumer said in a statement. Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected. He said along with support from President Donald Trump, "I think we're going to get this thing done, put it in conference and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced".

Healthcare advocates were immediately displeased with the bill. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week.

This week, that trio noted their particular concern about the Senate bill's impact on their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Heller, in his remarks, stressed that he would be opposed to efforts to roll back the expanded program, unless there was an influx of funding elsewhere in Medicaid to make up for the shortfall.

The subcommittee had stated its concerns in a meeting earlier this week, but it sent the letter hours after McConnell and fellow Senate Republican leaders released their proposed legislation.

Maybe they're waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to crunch the numbers.

Lee told Wright he would not vote for any health reform bill unless he concludes it "moves the American people in the direction to where health care is going to be made more affordable".

McConnell faces a great challenge in amassing the votes to win Senate approval of the bill, which Republicans are trying to pass using special budget rules that would allow them to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on. There will be considerable pushback not to rush, however.

It also prompted an outcry from centrist senators and medical organizations anxious that it takes on the law, known as Obamacare, too aggressively and would lead to millions losing their health care or receiving fewer benefits...

But the Senate bill would make subsidies less generous than under current law. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in OH, is among them, although its reasons include uncertainty over whether Republicans will allow payment of money it and other insurers were owed under the ACA.

House GOP leaders say Trump was a big asset in getting the health care bill passed, despite a fight with the hard-right Freedom Caucus that stalled the measure. Portman had talked about a seven-year path before Medicaid expansion was cut.