Health bill test of McConnell's leadership skills

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through the Senate.

Nearly immediately, the pro-Trump group America First Policies chose to launch what a source with the group says will be a major television, radio and digital ad buy against Heller - a remarkable attack on a member of Trump's own party whose seat is endangered in 2018. "In this form, I will not support it".

The Republican Senators said that the proposed healthcare bill does not seem to repeal Obamacare and lower the health care costs for the Americans.

If the Senate bill can't stack up to ObamaCare when it comes to premiums, that would be a killer because TrumpCare's most glaring problem is that it makes ObamaCare deductibles look minuscule. This means consumers will likely have to pay more out of pocket to see the doctor and get treatment. This appears to be an allusion to the Congressional Budget Office's determination that the House bill would eliminate insurance for 23 million people - 14 million of them through the very Medicaid provisions Heller was criticizing most.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said Senate Republicans were still reviewing the bill Thursday.

ABORTION Obama law: Private health insurance plans sold to people who receive federal subsidies can cover abortion. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the centrist has some misgivings about the bills as well.

The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover. McConnell's all-male health care reform working group spurred criticism from both Democrats and voters outraged that men would once again be responsible for crafting legislation that stands to dramatically impact women's health. "So we're going to see very significant reductions in coverage in Medicaid and big cuts in federal funding that will result in significant budget gaps for states".

"They're also four good guys and they're four friends of mine".

Sen. Jeff Flake's home state of Arizona could lose at least $7.1 billion through 2026 under the Senate proposal to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law. "We're writing a Senate bill and not passing the House bill", Sen. The nation, not just Louisiana, might have reason to regret that Cassidy's experience as a physician and teacher in the old Charity hospital system was not included in the Senate leadership's team on the new bill.

But McConnell may have a tough job convincing enough Republican senators that the Senate bill improves on the House version. We use the projected premium for the lowest cost bronze plan in each county as an equivalent for the BCRA benchmark plan to calculate tax credits under the BCRA.

Conservatives like Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee have Utah have been skeptical about the bill's ability to ultimately lower premium costs for Americans.

Numerous cuts directly affect women, specifically threatening medical coverage of childbirth, family planning services, reproductive cancer screening, parental leave, abortion and childcare responsibilities that disproportionately affect women who are more likely to be primary caregivers. Which helps to explain why so few people are enthusiastic about this health-care bill.

Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid.

The Senate's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit rural America especially hard, say critics.

For all the grave faults of the bill that passed the House, it did address a couple of ObamaCare's sore spots, raising the cutoff limit for subsidies and providing more support to moderate income young adults.

The bill would continue the Affordable Care Act's enhanced Medicaid expansion funding until 2021, and then phase it out over three years.