McConnell Faces Biggest Test in Pushing Obamacare Repeal


As the Senate reviews House Republicans plan to overhaul Obamacare, a handful of conservative senators are pushing for some steep cuts to the federally-backed health insurance program Medicaid. If they can advance a bill through committee and then through the floor - which requires losing no more than two Republicans - surely that bill will be different than the House bill.

As the American Health Care Act (AHCA) works its way through Congress, it will nearly certainly undergo revisions in order to come up with enough votes to pass in the Senate.

The only people who benefit from the AHCA are the very young and healthy and the very rich. Starting in 2014, members and their staffs had to use federal or state health care exchanges instead of the coverage that is available to most government workers.

That provision will make it harder for veterans - including the many he represents in northeastern North Carolina - to get local care, Jones said. She said her coverage was good, but noted that she lives in urban St. Louis, where there are more choices than in some of her state's more rural counties.

Republican Pat Toomey, Casey's colleague in the Senate, argues spending on Medicaid must be scaled back.

"People around 60 would pay tremendously increased premiums", Jones said.

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The fact is under Senate rules, there are still major questions about how numerous Obamacare regulations can actually be repealed through budget reconciliation, the process the Senate is using that allows them to pass a repeal bill with just 51 votes instead of 60. It's not clear, however, what the new version will cost the nation, Jones said. CHIP offers the health coverage through Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. It is uncertain how many states would waive community rating under the AHCA.

A compromise struck at the last minute created the waiver system, which allows individual states the option of restructuring the health insurance market within their borders, providing they meet certain requirements.

Anyone with a pre-existing condition who is on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, has employer-based health care or maintains continuous coverage would face no risk of their pre-existing condition preventing future coverage.

The results found that the group of older adults included in the analysis - in this case, 64-year-olds - typically received higher tax credits under the ACA. Attendees included several other Republicans plus three Democrats: Sens.

"The premiums are going to be low, the deductibles are going to be low".