Casey heads to Pennsylvania to hammer Senate health bill

Sunday, 25 Jun, 2017

Dean Heller on Friday afternoon that he is not on board with Senate leadership's health care bill probably spoiled them.

US President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. They have expressed concerns over the bill's changes to the program, which provides low-income Americans with financial support to access health insurance. However, the credits would require people to purchase a less comprehensive plan, and would not be available to as many low-income people, according to published reports.

Mr McConnell said a fresh CBO score was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he hopes to bring the GOP bill to a vote before Congress breaks for its Fourth of July recess.

But rather than rushing home to talk to their constituents, every single GOP senator appears to be avoiding them.

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Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong, while the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

The Senate plan repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, slashes federal support of Medicaid and eliminates taxes on the wealthy and insurers that now help pay for care for the poor. "That means the money available under this bill, for Medicaid in the out years, beyond 10 years, is even leaner, is even less, is even a deeper cut than what's in the House bill".

Some moderate Republicans worry it goes too far.

The group said in a statement Friday it's encouraged that the Senate bill would take immediate action to stabilize shaky insurance markets by guaranteeing billions of dollars in subsidies under jeopardy due to a legal dispute and political maneuvering.

Several Democrats have admitted Obamacare needs fixing, but that abandoning it for the Republican replacement - known formally as the American Health Care Act - is not a viable option.

The elderly will be paying up to five times more for health insurance than younger, healthier people.

The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central Trump campaign promise to undo former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010. "While we are still waiting for final numbers, every indication is that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating".