Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.
"It's going to be a challenge, but I have to strongly disagree with the characterization that we are somehow ending the Medicaid expansion". That's Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. "Insurers are pulling out left and right", she said referring to Anthem in some states. "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".
MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do? Even the House Republican version, which is also bad, made some real design changes.
ROVNER: It differs in some significant ways. Tax cuts under the House bill would total $765 billion over 10 years, with most of the benefits flowing to people earning more than $250,000 a year. "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill.it's a false sort of over-promising".
Although many in the audience are opposed to the House and Senate replacement bills, they gave Price a standing ovation after his remarks.
"I have multiple sclerosis, and I'm on Medicaid, and I only got Medicaid through the ACA's Medicaid expansion", said Gunter.
The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them", said the bishop who heads the US bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. They've borne the full brunt of these increased premiums. "Older people who are now getting premium subsidies would get substantially less help, but younger people would get more".
MARTIN: This is also a longtime goal, mainly Republicans but also some Democrats, to kind of rein in this very significant entitlement program. "The bill that's before the Senate doesn't meet that test".
"Learning about the proposed deep cuts in Medicaid passed by the House of Representatives, the American people looked to the Senate". The federal government and states share the cost.
Critics say the changes will break a model that has covered millions of Americans for more than 50 years, cutting people off from coverage and potentially putting lives at risk.
MARTIN: How would this work at the state level?
Ashley Hurteau of Farmington said without Medicaid coverage, she would likely not be alive.
"And this last one was very interesting though because they put everything into it".
"Before summer's out, we'll repeal/replace Obamacare w (ith)/system based on personal responsibility, free market competition & state-based reform", the former IN governor tweeted. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his colleagues are determined to get rid of it. "This environment of instability was created by Obamacare's costly regulations and taxes that are causing premiums to skyrocket", Sununu said.
"It's going to be very hard to get me to a 'yes, ' " Heller said Friday. The effect, he said, "would provide even less to those in need than the House bill".
Something is there they don't want to make public. If they make it better for conservatives, the moderates will peel off. "This bill is a crass political calculation carried out by 13 white, male Senators who are out of touch with the realities of millions of ordinary families in every state".
MARTIN: That's Julie Rovner.
Cuomo called the legislation "inhumane" and said NY would maintain requirements for insurers to cover 10 essential health benefits in their plans.
"We don't have enough information". Julie Rovner, thank you so much for speaking with us.