Local senators react to health care bill

Are Democrats right when they say that the Senate health-care bill is a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the poor? If all goes according to plan, she said, Republican leaders will bring the bill to President Donald Trump in July.

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference.

The measure would provide $50 billion over the next four years that states could use in an effort to shore up insurance markets around the country.

Conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have warned they could oppose the bill if it doesn't go far enough in dismantling Obama's law.

It would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House bill would cause 23 million people to lose coverage by 2026.

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In his post on Thursday, Obama notably echoed Trump's alleged assertion behind closed doors that the healthcare legislation passed by House Republicans in May was "mean".

The former President understood that the matter was now a pressing topic but he hoped that the new bill would not be repealed and replaced.

Democrats said the measure would result in skimpier policies and higher out-of-pocket costs for many and erode gains made under Obama that saw roughly 20 million additional Americans gain coverage. That likely would end the program in MI, one of eight states that expanded Medicaid with the caveat that the expansion would end if federal funding declined. "I will also continue to urge my Republican colleagues to work across the aisle to make needed fixes to the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it, so that more Americans have affordable, accessible healthcare". Susan Collins of ME already expressed concerns about the bill yesterday, including its block on federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

"Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family-this bill will do you harm".

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., still has an uphill battle if he hopes to get all his Republican colleagues on board. But Medicaid has also been eating up an ever-larger share of federal spending, so the Republican plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions. For some Obamacare partisans, that doesn't matter-the point was just to expand coverage for low-income people. "And the tax credits in the bill will also be better designed". Women can't be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Meanwhile, the Senate's measure considers age, income and geography, but apparently people would need to be lower-income than under the ACA to receive them.

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