GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

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She added, "It actually helps no one to peddle the false rumor that this health care bill does "nothing" to help".

The speech by Dr. Tom Price, the USA secretary of Health and Human Services, came two days after a select group of Republicans in the Senate released a bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act's requirement for most people to buy health insurance or pay a fine, significantly roll back the expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor (called Medi-Cal in California) and end the increased taxes on affluent Americans that have underwritten much of Obamacare's spending. The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid. The Washington Post reported Friday that a political action committee tied to President Donald Trump was preparing an advertising campaign to pressure Republican senators to get on board. "The hospital is also against any funding cuts to Medicaid as these cuts would have such a negative impact on local hospitals, as well as for those in our local communities", said John Remillard, president of the University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital, who also heads Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga.

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

Even if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell successfully wrangles his members and gets the bill through, though, he would run into another wall: House conservatives. Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, tried to address that problem by requiring all Americans to have health insurance, or pay a penalty.

"I have deep concerns with details in the US Senate's plan to fix America's health care system and the resources needed to help our most vulnerable, including those who are dealing with drug addiction, mental illness and chronic health problems and have nowhere else to turn", Kasich tweeted.

Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal government and the states and the Republican bills would impose limits on the federal dollars for the first time.

At a press conference in Lewiston, obstetrics nurse Jaime Johnson, who practices in Norway, said she's concerned for her patients and for her 7-year-old son, who was born with congenital heart disease. "It's going to throw millions of people off the insured roles, it's going to gut the Medicaid program", said McCaskill.

The four holdouts in a joint statement said that the draft represented an improvement in the current system, "But it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs". The Senate bill can only lose two Republicans and still pass. "The proposed cuts to Medicaid under this bill will be devastating for children, seniors and people living with disabilities for whom health care is critical". The federal-state program covers low-income people, from newborns to elderly nursing home residents, from special-needs kids to young adults caught in the opioid epidemic.

Healthcare stocks closed down 0.1 % on Friday, clawing back some losses after the sector dropped sharply late in the session on Heller's announcement. So I think what we'll see is we'll see deductibles higher. That analysis lends support to some of the provisions in this bill.

One could argue by not pegging tax credits to local premium costs, the House bill would bring down health care spending by encouraging people to move to lower cost areas. This reinsurance fund would give federal injections to insurers to help them cover higher-cost enrollees. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

"No, people in Kansas are not happy about the Senate bill", said Gossage.

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