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GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

26 June 2017, 01:42 | Latoya Patrick

GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

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But he said it was time to act.

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. Johnson said Friday he will not pledge his support for his bill until he knows more.

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, USA president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.

Medicaid funding is at the heart of the protester's complaints.

This week, that trio noted their particular concern about the Senate bill's impact on their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Johnson said Friday he has not decided where he stands on the bill.

Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it. "So it's not what I view as American value, certainly not MI values". They could cut who's eligible. "We have not addressed that adequately", Sen. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. She says her issue with the bill is reduced Medicaid funding would mean states, hospitals, or patients have to fill the gap.

The House approved its version of the bill last month. So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose two members of his caucus but no more and still have the bill pass. Johnson said Friday that would be "way too early".

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.

The Senate cuts would be even larger over the long-term, and could effectively put an end to the program, which insures almost one in five Americans and is "our nation's largest safety net for low-income people". The Medicaid program, which traditionally encompassed poor children and their parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly, is administered jointly by the state and federal governments. Three House committees held more than a dozen public hearings before the Affordable Care Act came up for a floor vote. Imposing a coverage requirement on insurance companies without a corresponding mandate for customers runs the risk of creating a very shaky insurance market.

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Shane Foster, a union sheet metal worker says he's frustrated by the burden of not only the ever-increasing costs of insurance premiums but also his taxes.

As we have said before, Obamacare isn't sacrosanct.

"As we estimate the cost of the subsidies to buy insurance, we actually believe they may exceed, or at least equal, the subsidies that are under Obamacare", said Paul.



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