Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says 'no'

Sunday, 25 Jun, 2017

Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs - providing health insurance to low-income people.

Health insurers are concerned about the U.S. Senate's plans to cut the Medicaid program for the poor and the impact such a move would have on state governments, the industry's largest lobbyist said on Friday.

"You're looking at a $480 million a year rollout for the state", Sandoval said. Media reports indicate that President Trump called the House version of the bill, "mean" and he asked the Senate to draft a nicer version.

Menendez held a news conference at Newark Community Health Centers where 53 percent of patients are on Medicaid. He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. And while I know that division makes it hard to listen. I have no idea what's going to happen.

MITCH MCCONNELL: We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford.

Under the proposed Senate bill, enhanced funding would be provided to Medicaid expansion states until 2021 and then slowly reduced over a three-year period.

"If this bill became law, you could eliminate Suffolk's $50 million annual property tax levy completely, eliminate Suffolk's $150 million structural deficit, and have $50 million left over for combating the heroin and opioid epidemic, improving infrastructure, public works programs, environmental preservation and coastal erosion programs, upgraded and improved sewering or for some other objective that county residents deems necessary". So no one has to buy insurance until they're sick, which will save all those premiums. The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes.

Unraveling Obamacare has proven much harder than expected for Republicans, who now face an uphill fight within their own party to do so. That's what I want. Insurance companies would be allowed to increase executive salaries while significantly raising premiums for older adults and people with preexisting conditions.

The reforms are unlikely to drive down out-of-pocket spending, another perennial complaint of the bill's authors, and a central critique by President Trump of the current system.

"I have to start off by, I guess first congratulating all of the millionaires on the incredible gift that they're about to get", Danielson said.

Giaimo focuses on health care policy.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association represents plans that are the backbone of and state health insurance markets created under former President Barack Obama's law. Controversial, because it defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and could also gut programs to treat opioid addiction - a cause championed by Gov. Chris Christie.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. "They have lots of work to do". Where are we going to go when they close that?

"Right now the challenge is - how do we get to 50?" Johnson said in an interview with WLUK-TV, "I'm saying I haven't gotten the information yet to convince myself that I'm a 'yes'". Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to say he would not support the measure in its current form.