If Trump loses on Obamacare, tax reform gets harder

An insured patient under the Affordable Care Act receives a checkup at the South Broward Community Health Services clinic in Hollywood Florida

Media can't take their eyes off the ball on health care

As of 2026, however, the predicted 22 million increase in the ranks of the uninsured would be the same as under the bill's previous version, the CBO says. After it was rejected when exposed to the light of scrutiny and it became clear the loyal opposition to the Affordable Care Act couldn't agree on a more humane plan, Plan B - which could cost an estimated 32 million Americans their health care - was put on the table.

Before Trump's Wednesday lunch with 49 Republican senators, McConnell had planned to hold a straight repeal vote next week, but that appeared doomed with several Republican senators having already said they oppose that approach.

Johnson, who earlier in the week was critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he does not envy the task McConnell faces.

The Congressional Budget Office released Thursday yet another score of a Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare - this one to learn how much more money the chamber's leaders would have to woo moderates if they keep Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy.

The Nevada senator was one of a few Republicans last week to express hesitation about the bill due to its supposedly inefficient funds for Medicaid. "I can not vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians". By 2026, two-thirds of the nation's population will be living in places that lacked individual coverage plans.

Health care experts from across the political spectrum have said that Trump's health care bill is unworkable and suffers from fatal flaws and could lead to Americans dropping out of the health care market. They failed to account for the changed - and more hard - dynamic with a Republican in the White House ready and eager to sign whatever gets to his desk.

Such a plan would be similar to the cost-sharing reductions that are now in Obamacare, and that lower out-of-pocket costs for people making between 100 percent and 250 percent of the poverty level.

Fortunately, others are praising the women for standing up against legislation that would be bad for women's health care.

Also, it would not curtail federal support for the overall Medicaid program as the House and Senate health care bills would have. Under Obamacare, a person who makes $26,500 a year could buy a health plan with a deductible of about $800, thanks to special subsidies for low-income people.

In some important ways, however, this bill repeals less of Obamacare than the legislation that passed the House and the version that was under consideration in the Senate until this week.

"Sometime in the near future we will have a vote on the repeal of Obamacare", Mr McConnell said.

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