GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage by 22 Million

GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage by 22 Million

GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage by 22 Million

Ron Johnson has also "signaled" opposition to the procedural vote, while other senators including Shelley Moore Capito and Marco Rubio were "undecided".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who praised the CBO's findings, is pushing for a vote on the bill this week.

Even though the bill can pass without any support from Senate Democrats, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin told CNN's New Day she still has hope.

Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace Obamacare would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. The CBO estimated the number of uninsured people under that bill would increase by 23 million by 2026 compared to under current law, and the deficit would be reduced by $119 billion. The House could try to vote after the Senate to push the bill and get it to President Donald Trump before the weeklong July 4th recess.

Monday's report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. The last version of the House healthcare bill would have made unstable the markets for people purchasing insurance not through an insurer or government program like Medicaid, the CBO said, but the Senate bill would not destabilize these markets. Tax credits and subsidies would be reduced by $408 billion for non-group health insurance, making coverage dramatically more expensive for vulnerable populations, including the poor and the elderly.

In good news for the GOP, the budget office said the Senate bill would cut the deficit by $202 billion more over the coming decade than the House version.

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The budget office report said coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual.

Trump only can afford two Republican "no" votes if his health care plan has any chance of surviving.

That's only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces perhaps the toughest 2018 re-election race of any Senate Republican and has said he can't support the measure if huge numbers of people lose coverage.

"As the discussion draft moves forward, the Senate should proceed carefully, avoid overreacting to questionable predictions, and stay focused on delivering on our promise to move health care in a more consumer-driven, sustainable direction on behalf of the millions of Americans who have been harmed by Obamacare's broken promises", Toomey said in a statement.

"The Senate bill is different from the House bill, but the Senate bill also has some serious concerns from my perspective", Snyder said during a live broadcast with WWJ. According to the C.B.O., average premiums for benchmark plans would surge 20 percent in the first year, based on the expectation that fewer health people would purchase insurance coverage. This would supposedly incentivize people to buy into coverage so they would not risk being barred from insurance for an extended period if they were to become sick. The Senate's plan would would have ended the ACA's individual mandate that almost all Americans have health insurance. All of us, including Republicans whose constituents depend on Medicaid to survive, must work together to see that this bill is defeated. The budget office said its estimate included the impact of that addition. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed.

On Monday, the AMA sent a letter to Senate leadership about the bill. On the other hand, at least the Senate waited to get this CBO score before voting, which is a lot more than Paul Ryan and his merry band of craven simpletons in the House can say these days.

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