Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

Former President of the United States Barack Obama after a discussion about democracy at Church Congress on May 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor, but he said it was time to act. The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes. The Senate bill would postpone the draconian Medicaid cuts to 2021, a year later than the House.

"You know, health care is a very hard situation ..."

House bill: Tax credits would be based primarily on age.

However, with a 52-48 majority, the Republicans are not certain to be able to pass the bill, especially since some appear to be less than impressed with the legislation.

It was not immediately clear whether the group intends to back a primary challenger to Heller. Neither he nor fellow Arizona Sen. And the main liberal criticism of the bill - that it would leave too many people uninsured - is misguided: We suspect that the Congressional Budget Office will find that most of the reduction in insurance rolls results from people's choosing not to buy insurance when they're not being threatened with fines. The 142-page bill which seeks to reverse the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has been pushed forward for Senate voting next week.

The Maine lawmaker added that she also couldn't support a bill that made deep cuts to Medicaid while also stating that she does care that funding to Planned Parenthood is being impacted.

"Now the federal government is saying, 'We're going to determine how much we'll contribute regardless of what it really costs".

Still, the bill unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday is even worse in some ways than the disgusting bill the House narrowly approved in May.

Heller faces a hard re-election fight next year.

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people. The bill, worked on in secret for the past several weeks, largely mirrors the House measure and has caused four Republican senators to balk at voting for it because it didn't repeal enough of Obamacare and President Donald Trump called for negotiations.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell hopes to push it through his chamber next week but solid Democratic opposition - and complaints from at least six Republicans - have left its fate unclear. Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years, and failure would be a shattering defeat for the GOP. But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

If states are able to redefine these, it is most likely maternity coverage that's on the line, the nonprofit Kaiser Health reports.