What's next on health care draft in Congress

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In order for the bill to receive a green light, 50 out of 52 Republican senators would have to vote "yes", which might not be possible when it comes to the current version of the bill, the Washington Post reported. Four conservative senators, including U.S. Sen. "It does not keep our promises to the American people", said Senator Rand Paul, who along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson said they could not support it in its current form. Among respondents who supported President Donald Trump, 55 percent approved of the Republican bill, compared with 69 percent in May. He tapped out a tweet in which he declared himself "supportive" but looking "forward to making it very special". "Remember, ObamaCare is dead".

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued. "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this Bill will do you harm", he wrote. The Senate bill would cap federal spending even more severely than the House-passed bill; starting in 2025, the Senate bill would cap Medicaid spending at the rate of inflation (CPI-U) rather than at the rate of medical inflation, as in the House bill.

Flake is politically popular but faces a primary challenge from a conservative. More Americans received health insurance through the expansion than through the marketplaces set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Republican leaders say the CBO score could come as early as Friday, but Monday is more likely. About 55 percent of respondents viewed the bill in a negative light - the same as a month before - but disapproval had grown among Republicans. The government pays the rest of the premium. Or at least that would appear to be the case based on the Republican health care bills from the House and, as of Thursday, the Senate.

Among the number of issues that have been raised by the senators regarding the bill, budget cuts for Medicaid takes the top spot.

"It's time to act", McConnell said.

School districts across the country also rely heavily on Medicaid for about $4 billion annually to offer speech and occupational therapy, wheelchairs and specialized playground equipment, among other assistance, to students with disabilities.

"I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", said Sen.

Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it.

Senate Democrats will be sure to pound their GOP colleagues about the rushed legislation in the run up to the vote.

"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.

Senator majority leader Mitch McConnell is trailed by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor of the US Capitol after unveiling a draft Bill on healthcare.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said: "Millions of Americans would lose health insurance coverage under this plan". "We'll have to see".

"It sounds like Obamacare to me", Sen.

Well, that might be the second-worst outcome, as worse might be the passage of the bill with Cassidy's crucial vote to help.

The bill would also let states apply waivers to disregard some mandates of the Affordable Care Act, like the law's ban on insurance companies charging higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions. "There is no doubt: the Senate bill will hurt West Virginia families and leave many more of us uninsured". 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.

In his signature fashion, he lauded his efforts thus far.

The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance. The Senate bill would repeal the tax this year.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on. Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for the program, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services.

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