Insurance group encouraged by GOP bill

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Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority over Democrats in the Senate. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his colleagues are determined to get rid of it. He said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart". "As I have consistently stated, if this bill is good for Nevada, I'll vote for it and if it's not - I won't". And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

A spokesperson for Daines' office said the Missoula office wasn't aware of the rally until after it concluded, and would have had staff present to listen to the group if they had been. If coverage losses from the Senate bill matched those from the House bill, it would result in 217,000 additional deaths over the next decade. "That means states would be left deciding on whether to make up the difference or to cut back on medical coverage for people using the program".

The tax credits would be tied to income - similar to the Affordable Care Act, but different from the House bill that would link the funding to a person's age.

Toomey's stance - and his position in the Senate - has for months made him a target of protesters who gather outside his Philadelphia office.

While Parkinson admits there are issues with the Affordable Care Act, such as insurance companies pulling out of exchange, he said they don't want to see the law die. These cautionary messages may go ignored by the people who have the power to make policy, and if these health care experts are right, it could be disastrous for the American public.

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion into the private marketplace.

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McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on.

How can one be honestly said to support the Constitution other than by insisting that its intent be followed, its enumeration of powers be adhered to by federal officers, and that the states unapologetically reject every act made by those elected federal officials that exceeds the authority given to them in that sacred document? Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama's health care law.

"As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care", the group wrote in a letter last week announcing their resignation.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role. But federal funding for the program would be capped, based either on a fixed amount per enrollee in states or as a lump-sum block grant paid directly to states, according to published reports. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs.

This structure could appeal to both Senate moderates and conservatives, a Washington Post analysis contended. "No one wins on health care policy", observed Holtz-Eakin. Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage. Indeed, candidate Trump had started out promising no cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not flawless, nor could it be the end of our efforts - and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it. "The bill would devastate the Medicaid program, our nation's health care safety net on which 69 million low-income Americans and people with disabilities - including 37 million children - rely".

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