For the past few weeks, Senate Republicans have been very quietly laying the groundwork for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the passage of some version of the AHCA, a health care bill that has been roundly rejected by the American people in all its previous incarnations and would rip health insurance away from up to 23 million Americans. Senators Dean Heller, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, and others are supporting a phasedown of Medicaid expansion funding, with funding cuts still beginning in 2020. And some conservative members, including Sen.
Right now, Senate Republicans are still working on their version of the health care bill.
Under expansion, the number of low-income Ohioans without insurance hit the lowest levels ever recorded, which means that more people are able to get care, and service providers like hospitals and health networks are able to provide care in more cost-effective ways, before a deferred medical problem turns into an expensive, or deadly, medical crisis. The caps on Medicaid spending imposed by the House bill would remain. States would take those credits and ship them directly to insurance companies in return for covering folks who hadn't secured coverage on their own.
Also under discussion is a proposed seven-year "glide path" that would phase out Medicaid expansion more slowly than the House bill would and would be a major win for moderates from expansion states.
Nonetheless, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research group, said the result would be the same.
EHBs have always been a target of criticism from Republicans, with some GOP leaders attacking the requirement that men must pay for maternity coverage. It's tough to say at this point because of the two very different ideology's coming to the table from within the Republican Party. "In Senator Capito's view, the House bill does not adequately protect those in the Medicaid expansion, and she is working with her colleagues in the Senate to make those protections more certain".
Delaying the termination would not change the effects, Aviva Aron-Dine said.
Infighting and a shift toward the Republican Party's moderate wing has reportedly led to the possibility that the Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort could die in the Senate, Politico reported Friday.
Republicans have also devoted the better part of a decade to criticizing Obamacare's sweetheart deals with the insurance industry.
The GOP is using a process known as "budget reconciliation" to pass their bill with a simply majority in the Senate.
"Having been in Washington, until a bill is on the president's desk and signed and sealed, anything can happen, and change is likely", state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said. The bill could pass with just 51 votes.
- Sr. Simone Campbell (@sr_simone) June 12, 2017RT if you agree: the Senate GOP's decision to hide their health care plan is undemocratic, dangerous, and just plain wrong. Republicans hold 52 seats, leaving them essentially no margin for error.
A vote could come before the July 4 recess. While political divisions remain between moderate and conservative senators, negotiations are reportedly accelerating behind closed doors as the G.O.P. inches closer to fulfilling a almost decade-long dream: repealing Obamacare, lowering taxes, cutting government subsidies, and shrinking Medicaid.
Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote if there's a tie. Among those blasting the House process was the Republican senior senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham.
The American Health Care Act, the Republican bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare, is likely to impact one of the most popular provisions of Obamacare: the one that prohibits insurers from charging policyholders more if they have pre-existing conditions.