After all, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) seemed dead as a doornail right up until the House of Representatives passed it on a 217-213 vote last month following an initial failure.
President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he is "very supportive" of the health care bill crafted by Senate Republican leadership, departing from an earlier more cautious approach by his White House communications team.
Casey and others told this news organization that Medicaid was one of the biggest things on their minds because of the services it provides for people with disabilities and older adults, as well as those with substance use disorders. The agency estimated there would be 23 million more Americans without insurance in the first decade under the House bill.
The protection your insurance provides could depend a lot on where you live, said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown Universitys Health Policy Institute.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.
"Fewer people would be able to get tax credits under this bill than Obamacare and the credits themselves would be worth less", says Joe Hanel with C.H.I. And companies with more than 50 employees will no longer be required to provide health insurance to their employees. Women still tend to more of the hands-on childrearing and care of children when they're sick, even in two-parent heterosexual families in which both parents work full-time.
It proposes defunding Planned Parenthood for a year, but abortion-related restrictions are less stringent than the House version because of uncertainty over whether they would comply with Senate rules. The Senate bill will begin to rollback Medicaid expansion in 2021 and allow states to opt for waivers for essential health benefits.
The Senate bill would cap future federal aid to states for Medicaid, fundamentally transforming a safety-net health insurance program that now covers about 70 million poor Americans. The Senate Republicans' plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled. States don't have the resources to make up the difference, so they would likely reduce eligibility, curtail benefits or cut provider payments.
"The deeper and more devastating cuts to Medicaid in this plan make it even crueler than the House plan".
Many scoffed at the short period of time they will have to read the bill - one week - before voting on it. McConnell said that the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill won't be released until next week. He wants a deal before the July 4 break and before Republican senators in less-than-safe districts face angry constituents back home and waver on supporting the bill.
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"There's a great danger, from the point of view of somebody who thought we were repealing Obamacare, that we're going to actually be replacing Obamacare with Obamacare", Paul said Wednesday. Republicans have always welcomed that proposal. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage.
AARP West Virginia also released new survey data Thursday regarding the House health care plan, the American Health Care Plan. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
"Much like the House Republican healthcare bill, this is a repulsive scam perpetrated against the American people", Higgins said.
Will the GOP bill stabilize the individual insurance market?
CAROLINE PEARSON: If you're paying, you know, a similar percentage of income, you're getting a less-generous product under this new plan. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Insurance subsidies would be reduced, allowing the taxes that finance them - mostly paid by the wealthiest Americans - to be cut or eliminated.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. Today Medicaid pays for all the care people need, and the state and federal governments share the cost.
That could include the number of years the bill would take to phase out the extra money Obama provided to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled to millions of additional low earners.
Nationally, at least four Republicans have said they are not ready to support the bill as it is written.