CBO: Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026

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Dean HellerDean HellerThis week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote McConnell allies confident in healthcare win GOP's message on ObamaCare is us versus them MORE (R-Nev.), one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2018, became the fifth Republican to announce he couldn't support the bill in its current form. McConnell can lose only two of the 52 GOP senators to move onto the legislation.

"I'm watching [the developments] but I'm just going to wait and see [before I pass judgment]", odd said.

"It's not going to get any easier", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters on the sidelines of a three-day seminar organized by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch in Colorado Springs.

The Senate bill also allows states to seek waivers from Obamacare's essential-benefits requirement.

As senators took to the airwaves Sunday, there were developments behind the scenes as GOP leaders made calls and worked to cobble together votes.

My colleague Dylan Scott and I reported over the weekend that the Senate intends to fix this problem, adding in a six-month waiting period for those who fail to maintain continuous coverage.

The non partisan Congressional Budget Office finds 22 million more Americans would be without health insurance by 2026.

The fresh figures come as President Donald Trump, in a sharp pivot from the praise he initially lavished on the House bill, is urging the Senate to provide Americans more generous help with health insurance.

The decades-long health care debate is an example. That's a greater reduction than the version the House passed.

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month. As many have observed, it contains deep cuts to Medicaid, redistributes wealth from the poorest to the richest, and guts all the hard-won protections on preexisting conditions, reproductive care and lifetime spending limits that the Affordable Care Act had brought.

"We need that in order to make the program viable and to deal with these massive deficits and the mounting debt that we have", said Sen.

But the general thrust of both chambers' plans is clear: Lawmakers would effectively end Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults and would dramatically curtail federal support for the overall program, which covers more than 70 million low-income Americans.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that more than 30 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

Also, many Republicans say that the program's current open-ended funding design encourages states to "game the system".

You should expect that all four of them will vote for the bill if it looks like it's going to pass.

In a Twitter comment Saturday, Trump voiced optimism about passage of the Republican plan, saying, "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

CBO said that under the bill, most insurance markets around the country would be stable before 2020.

"I don't think they're that far off". Famous last words, right?

"I think it is an Age Tax because there is a presumption that all older people are sicker, and this is not true", Mosman said. "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare". House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has been proposing block grants since 2010, but he had no chance to get them enacted under President Barack Obama.

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion and say individual-insurance markets created by it are collapsing.

Trump tells "Fox and Friends" he believes his majority party is "going to get there". "No way", Johnson said on NBC's Meet the Press.

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