Trump says he is 'very supportive' of Senate healthcare bill

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"This bill that is now in front of the United States Senate is simply not the answer".

GOP leaders hope to vote on the bill next week and can only afford two defections from the 52 Senate Republicans. "Whether we have a hearing or not, this thing needs to be fully vetted", he continued.

The plan gets rid of those mandates.

"There isn't anything in this piece of legislation that will lower premiums", Heller said. Before the expansion, he said 18 percent of children were without health insurance. "That in turn will make the risk pool much healthier, which will also lower premiums".

Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. At that point the moderates decided that they want to keep Obamacare but make it cheaper. That means the states will be allowed to set their own standards for what insurers must offer on various policies, versus the mandated essential standards under the ACA. I think people would have liked to have had more enforcement of competition, more affordability for people in the middle class.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central Trump campaign promise to undo former President Barack Obama's signature health-care law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010. This means people with expensive conditions could have almost nonexistent coverage and debilitating out-of-pocket costs.

Finally, the bills would both defund Planned Parenthood and ban federal subsidies from helping pay for insurance plans that cover abortion services. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn't mince words when she ripped into the bill on the Senate floor earlier Thursday.

The Medicaid changes would increase bad debt and uncompensated care costs for hospitals, Moody's Senior Vice President Jessica Gladstone said in an email.

The bill also scales back federal funding for Medicaid - which is more than half the spending for the program at the state level.

A spokesman for Arizona's current governor, Republican Doug Ducey, said the governor was studying the GOP bill. Congress goes on recess on July 4.

"I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party", Obama wrote in a Facebook post. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.

Trump had privately referred to healthcare legislation passed by the House last month as "mean", according to congressional sources.

But few Republicans understood these policy questions and were not prepared to defend any adjustment to Obamacare's coverage guarantee for people with preexisting conditions. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

Cassidy agreed that it was cheaper, but he wouldn't say whether it was better.

PEARSON: The protections around preexisting conditions are still in place in the Senate bill, but the waiver authority gives states options that could include limiting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. They said GOP characterizations of the law as failing are wrong and said the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. The bill takes major steps to roll back provisions of the Affordable Care Act but doesn't go as far as the House's version. 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. But it does so over a longer time frame than the House bill, giving the initial first impression that the cuts are kinder.

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