How US Senate Republicans plan to dismantle Obamacare

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24 June, 2017

“The Senate bill guarantees people with preexisting conditions access to insurance at the same rate as healthy people, but there is not a guarantee that the benefits they need will be covered by insurance, ” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. The 142-page bill which seeks to reverse the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has been pushed forward for Senate voting next week.

Trump welcomed the bill but indicated that changes may be in store. "I will carefully review this legislation to ensure that if it were to become law, it would be beneficial to the people of SC", he said, citing the "eventual collapse" of Obamacare.

For people with disabilities, Medicaid pays for everything from traditional health services like doctor and hospital visits to personal care attendants, employment and behavior supports, assistive technology and other offerings that allow individuals to live in the community.

Democrats said the measure would result in skimpier policies and higher out-of-pocket costs for many and erode gains made under Obama that saw roughly 20 million additional Americans gain coverage.

"The devil is in the details, and now that we've seen the bill, it's understandable why Senate leaders have kept it hidden behind closed doors", says Betsy Imholz, special projects director for Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. Republican governors and state legislatures refused to set up exchanges that would make insurance more affordable and declined the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage. If it does, it would have to be reconciled with the Obamacare repeal bill that passed the House in May. "It does not keep our promises to the American people", said Senator Rand Paul, who along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson said they could not support it in its current form.

"I don't think there's anything wrong in looking for ways for states to have more flexibility, but you can't just cut folks off", said Del.

This provision has long irked conservative Republicans, who view it as not only costly but also an example of governmental intrusion.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

"Prior studies suggest that about one-third of physicians nationwide refuse to accept new patients on Medicaid, and this problem is even worse in urban areas".

SENATE BILL - Allows insurers to charge older customers five times as much as younger ones.

The bill allows governors, instead of the state legislatures, to request waivers to eliminate essential health benefits.

Earlier this month, a Republican aide said they didn't want to show America this bill because they're "not stupid". Starting in 2020, the Senate version would begin shifting increasing amounts of tax credits away from higher earners, making more funds available to lower-income recipients, some officials said. It also gives a tax break to 11,000 of the wealthiest West Virginians without doing anything for the other 920,000 taxpayers - and it pays for these cuts on the backs of our most vulnerable neighbors. Then on the Senate floor we spent weeks debating the bill.

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 emerging Senate bill was described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Despite his choice to oppose the GOP bill, Nevada Democrats have signaled they will continue to press Heller on the issue, citing his comments that he would support a gradual phase out of the Medicaid expansion.

Protesters from Mainers for Accountable Leadership who gathered Friday across from the Senator Inn & Spa said they are concerned for themselves and their families should the Republican health care bills pass.


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