Tom Price promises GOP won't pull 'rug out' on health care

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House Republicans have passed their health care bill, and Senate GOP leaders are driving toward a vote next week.

The massive Medicaid cuts - more than $800 billion over 10 years under the House bill, maybe more under the Senate version - would be used to finance tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

I realize policymakers will have spirited conversations about the nuances of expenditure growth rates, but whether or not Medicaid is being "cut" isn't exactly a matter of "perspective". Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Dean Heller of Nevada. "I remain committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to affordable, quality health care".

The poor get the same nursing home care for free that those of us with savings pay an amount tantamount to highway robbery for - in New York State, the yearly cost can easily be more than $125,000 (the government, ironically, which could afford to pay more, actually pays substantially less). Seven or eight Republican senators have been meeting under the leadership of Rob Portman of OH to express concern about Medicaid, Collins added.

Sen. Portman knows this too: In March he wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to say that he would not support a plan that takes away stability from Medicaid expansion populations. Federal Medicaid spending is on track to grow 6 percent a year on average, rising to $650 billion in 2027 from $389 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

By Thursday, any reference at all to healthcare evaporated, and Trump pulled a classic "Don't look here, look there", tweeting, among other things, that "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings", of any meeting with Comey.

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"On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Human Services put out a sobering estimate of the changes' impact just in this state: "The "$1.6 billion in federal funding lost in 2021 alone is roughly equal to the state cost of covering the more than 700,000 children, pregnant women and parents now on Medicaid in 2018".

"These cuts are blood money", Warren said.

In a statement, the left-leaning advocacy group Families USA called the Senate bill "more harmful and equally heartless" than the House-passed bill.

Abolishing the health care law's mandate with no penalty for coverage lapses would destabilize the individual insurance market by leading healthy people to drop their coverage, the companies say, leaving insurance companies with sicker, more costly plan members in their enrollee risk pool. It also could allow states to apply for waivers to remove the requirement that health plans cover some essential health benefits, like mental health and addiction services. In order for the bill to pass, Republicans can only lose two votes. "And then sign up for coverage, get the surgery and then drop it", said Katie Allen, executive director of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

"Obamacare is collapsing. This is a crisis for the American people".

"The problem is that it removes the states' capacity to protect consumers in their states", says one former state insurance commissioner, who asked for anonymity to speak openly about Senate bill. Both bills cut health care for our most vulnerable citizens while giving the richest Americans huge tax cuts. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless".

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