GOP opposition puts Senate health care bill in jeopardy

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"Instead, they were sitting around the conference room table dreaming up even meaner ways to kick dirt in the face of American people and take away their health insurance".

Here's a breakdown of how the bill would affect Missourians.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs.

The bill drafted by Senate Republicans would maintain income-based subsidies that allowed consumers in California to buy affordable insurance on the individual market. As a result, fewer people would qualify. Some states that did not expand Medicaid as of the beginning of 2015 had declines of as much as 7 to 9 percentage points, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Barbara Levy is the group's vice president of health policy.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing a tough re-election fight next year, said he had "serious concerns' about the bill's Medicaid reductions". Medicaid covers 74 million people, including children, the disabled and older people living in nursing homes. However, most of the spending is driven by seniors and those with disabilities.

The Senate would link the subsidies to plans with less generous coverage than the ACA. They said GOP characterizations of the law as failing are wrong and said the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal - which he calls a discussion draft - will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers.

"Absolutely it's a concern", said Dave Dillon with the Missouri Hospital Association.

MORRIS: Not at all because it's still, at the end of the day, when the period ends of the rollback, that there are people who are going to lose their coverage.

The bill would phase out the extra money Obama's law provides to states that have expanded coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income people.

Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law's expansion of coverage.

Congressmen scrambled upon seeing the bill, with many of them not knowing what, exactly, was in the measure.

McConnell unveiled the bill the same day.

Obama law: Requires all insurance plans to cover services from 10 broad "essential services", including hospitalization, office visits, prescriptions, maternity and childbirth, substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and preventive services, including birth control at no additional charge for women.

Ron Johnson is one of four Senate Republicans who have said they won't vote for the Senate's health care proposal in its current form. "The response needs to be commensurate with the threat, and that's not happening".

The CBO report on the ACHA estimated it would cut Medicaid funding by about $800 million over a decade.

Those services accounted for more than 40,000 patient visits at Planned Parenthood clinics in Stanislaus and southern San Joaquin County a year ago, the group said.

She said she views the latest health care bill "un-American".

Under a separate law, abortions can not be funded with federal dollars.

"Health care has been the biggest economic engine in the state for several years since Obamacare was passed", Williams said.

House GOP bill: Repeals coverage mandates immediately. Last year, some insurers even requested to lower their rates.

House GOP bill: Cuts taxes by almost $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families.

"I will not stand idly by while Republicans try to wreak havoc with our country's Medicaid and Medicare that so many rely on for health care, while also gutting key protections, and instituting a crushing age tax". The Affordable Care Act limits it to three times.

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