GOP's challenge: Finding votes for Senate health care bill

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

"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.

The American Hospital Association has also urged Senators to vote against the proposal, voicing concerns about the impact of Medicaid cuts on the cost of services for individuals.

That makes him the fifth senator to say so, the other four being Texas Sen. But the Senate did make a few changes, incorporating more of Obamacare's infrastructure. Then, to allow insurance carriers to go out and contract with providers. According to the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the House health care bill, "Only Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates and clinics would be affected". But we're not really doing that in health care.

In a separate statement released Wednesday, Cruz said he is "hopeful that as we openly debate this legislation, real improvements will be made prior to floor consideration".

"It is not going to win any Pullitzer prizes for reading, I'll tell you that", Sen.

It would also end the tax penalties under Mr Obama's law on people who do not buy insurance - the so-called individual mandate - and on larger firms that do not offer coverage to their employees. Thursday, he tweeted his support for the Senate bill. Wisconsin Medical Society President Noel Deep says any proposal should continue affordable, quality coverage. We need more time to be able to get through it.

In an impassioned open letter on Facebook, the former president pleaded with United States lawmakers not to dismantle the Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - which he considers one of the signature achievements of his time in the White House.

-Repeal a new annual fee on health providers, based on market share, saving them about $145 billion over the next decade. Obamacare also required every health plan to cover essential benefits.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, released a prepared statement in response to the Senate draft, which she said has "no heart". We can't delay. Delay is higher premiums, higher co-pays and little choice.

Baldwin added seniors and those with pre-existing conditions could be faced with higher prices to pay for insurance, leaving some without coverage.

The Republican health-care plans propose giving states more power to manage their Medicaid programs, instead of policy being set in Washington, Smith said.

Sandoval, a Republican who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said 210,000 received health coverage because of the decision.

The likelihood of the state - which already underfunds a number of services, including education - picking up more of the tab for Medicaid is remote.

"This is a bill created to strip away health care benefits and protections from Americans who need it most, in order to give a tax break to the folks who need it least", Schumer said.