Concerns Over Senate Health Care Would Impact Medicaid In Arizona

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week.

Democrats blasted the bill, which was drafted in secret, while most Republicans took a more measured approach and left their intentions unknown, with many moderate members saying they were taking time to read the bill and analyze its impact.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Obamacare is a disaster. "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said.

Shares of hospital companies and health insurers rose on the bill's release, with the overall S&P 500 healthcare sector closing up 1.1 percent at an all-time high. Its analysis of the Senate bill is expected early next week, a day or two before the vote.

"Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act, and we are", he said. It would also allow states to add work requirements for some of the 70 million Americans who depend on the program. "We need much more than that", says Mendell, who founded the nonprofit Shatterproof after his son Brian's opioid addiction sent him into a depression and he took his own life.

They demonstrated in opposition to the new Senate healthcare bill, called the American Health Care Act. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, announced Friday he can't support the plan because it rolls back Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and puts federal funding limits on the program.

On the other hand, Sens.

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid. Susan Collins of ME or Sen. Paul said, "I think it depends on how serious the Senate leadership is about negotiating. I look forward to hearing directly from Montanans on this legislation".

"If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote. The measure is similar to a bill passed in the House last month, but there are some key differences.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its forecast on the Senate draft next week.

At the same time, the Tea Party aligned group FreedomWorks said the bill didn't go far enough, and some conservative senators might vote no for that reason. Democrats are unanimously opposed. Federal Medicaid spending would be capped, and states would likely be forced to scale back Medicaid benefits or reduce eligibility to save money. Some from states that have expanded have battled to delay the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly. He's dealing with an unpopular piece of legislation that affects almost every American personally and a diverse conference that includes moderates and conservatives, both of whom have problems with the bill. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to able-bodied adults without children at home, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association represents plans that are the backbone of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance markets created under former President Barack Obama's law. It extends the timeline for elimination of Medicaid expansion, through which 207,600 in CT just above the poverty line got health insurance. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.

On Thursday Republican Senators touted their bill as avoiding those features. Since then, McConnell has been reworking the measure in backroom negotiations in the GOP leader's office just off the Senate floor.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed it as a way for the nation to "transition away from Obamacare's collapsing system entirely, so more Americans will not be hurt".