McConnell's Focus: Finding Votes For Senate Health Care Bill

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Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

"That's not true, and that is not fair".

Trump earlier indicated changes may be in store for the proposal unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. "Seniors can be charged at least five times more for their health care coverage".

The provision, authored by GOP Congressmen John Faso of Kinderhook and Chris Collins of western NY, is a carryover form the House's American Health Care Act.

This bill wouldn't actually do very much to help those people.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". The Senate bill, which they call the Better Care Reconciliation Act, resembles the version passed by House Republicans last month but with some key differences.

The biggest losers: Older Americans who are too young for Medicare eligibility would likely see large premium increases, anyone now eligible for Medicaid is going to have problems, and people who are young today but may need Medicaid long-term care benefits decades in the future when they are old will be among the very biggest losers because the cuts compound over time. "There's no way we should be voting on this", he said on NBC's Meet the Press. "We'll have to see". While praising the administration for talking about the issue and forming an opioid commission to look into the problem, Kolodny said it's time for the Trump team to act. And that amount is going to go up every year slightly, but in the Senate bill would be based on just regular inflation, whereas medical inflation has always been faster.

Wisconsin's spending per Medicaid participant is already near the bottom among states, and the federal caps would "lock that into place", he said. Rob Portman of Ohio.

He also said there would be an open amendment process to allow changes. "Luckily, we are coming to the rescue on that".

Overall, the Senate bill appears to stick to numerous parameters of the House legislation, including creating a meaningful opt-out for states to get out from under Obamacare's crushing Section 1302 regulations, as the House version did via the MacArthur amendment. "I think this really undermines any efforts that we might have in trying to curb the opioid epidemic".

"Health care is a very, very tough thing to get, " Trump said. "Let's get something that's going to work".

Cuts to Planned Parenthood and assisted living funding also make the list of South Dakota Democrat concerns. And so McConnell and his allies have written the Senate bill in a way that's created to obscure some of its harshest effects and give skittish members plausible-sounding reasons to vote yes.

In a separate interview on the same program, Ohio Gov. John Kasich defended fellow Republicans Heller and Sandoval. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail.

Molina Healthcare Inc, which has more than 1 million customers in Obamacare plans, said in a statement that dropping the individual mandate with no replacement provision will lead healthy people to forgo coverage and thus drive up premium rates. After all, it's not like NY senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were going to fight for the provision, or support the overall bill.

As a military veteran who uses the VA, and as someone who now works in the health care field, I believe a single-payer Medicare-for-all system is the only one that will truly work.

Also like the House bill, the Senate bill reforms the structure of federal Medicaid funding to a per-capita allotment, using an even more conservative formula for funding the program for low-income people.

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