Parsing through the details of the GOP's health care bill


Molina also said that the bill's proposal to tie cost-sharing subsidies to the lowest-level "bronze"-rated healthcare plans will make coverage less affordable, not more, by raising customers' out-of-pocket costs". Heller is up for reelection in 2018 and is from a Medicaid expansion state.

Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, oppose the current version of the bill for being too similar to Obamacare.

"I expect there's going to be a number of changes between now and the final vote", said Senator John Barrasso.

It is highly unlikely that any of the 48 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus will support this bill, which means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can only afford to lose two Republicans or the bill will fail.

America is better than that; we can take care of vulnerable Americans and still have a growing economy for the middle class and keep our country safe.

He did not hold back his criticism of the Senate bill, and his concerns on the Medicaid cuts ranged from their impact on special needs schools to their effect on substance abuse programs.

As a military veteran who uses the VA, and as someone who now works in the health care field, I believe a single-payer Medicare-for-all system is the only one that will truly work.

"It'll be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said.

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"No amount of eleventh hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something", he said. The CBO announced on Thursday that it will release figures on the Senate plan sometime early next week.

The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.

The draft bill comes nearly two months after the House passed its own measure. Insurance companies would be allowed to increase executive salaries while significantly raising premiums for older adults and people with preexisting conditions.

"[The Senate bill] would phase out the expansion of Medicaid that lots of states signed onto to give more people health care, beginning in 2020, and make deeper cuts after that", says Zwillich.

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

Sandoval, a Republican who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said 210,000 received health coverage because of the decision. Low-income Americans who now buy their own insurance would also lose federal help in paying their deductibles and co-payments.

The White House, meanwhile, expressed optimism that a compromise could still be reached, with Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying that the administration would "work with" GOP senators opposed to the bill and that Trump had already started calling detractors.