Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

There is opposition to the bill from half a dozen Republicans and push back from Democrats.

Release of the 142-page proposal ended the long wait for one of the most closely guarded bills in years.

"It's going to be very good", Trump said at the White House.

The general consensus is that it's merely the House bill with some provisions re-stated in order to seem less cruel.You can find the bill here, and a summary here.

The draft bill would provide $62 billion over eight years to a state innovation fund, to be used for coverage for high-risk patients, reinsurance and other items.

McConnell must navigate a narrow route in which defections by just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

The Senate's new bill to reshape the United States health care system would hurt Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday.

This bill would cost Virginia's budget hundreds of millions of dollars by placing a per-capita cap on Medicaid, leaving us with the choice to cut critical health and long-term care services for people who need them, slash schools and transportation, or raise taxes.

The protesters yelled "no cuts to Medicaid" as they were led away. Now no federal funding can support abortion procedures, but Planned Parenthood receives grants for other services, including screenings and access to contraception. Corona said Medicaid helps his son Anthony get out of bed every morning, and he feared changes to the program "would possibly mean putting him in a nursing home".

Obama was more than skeptical. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.

-Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans and the nation's finances. Senate Republicans hope to see better headlines from this CBO report than the one that the House GOP legislation received.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "No surprise that insurance lobbyists are helping write this bill". They include the American Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Todd did not name the senators in question, but 11 GOP senators have already voiced concerns about the bill, according to a Washington Post analysis. Republican senators from states that expanded Medicaid, such as Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that phase-out to seven years. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

It's called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, and it's the healthcare bill the Senate Republicans have released today.

"As now drafted, this bill draft does not do almost enough to lower premiums", Cruz said in a statement obtained by CNN. It would also eliminate the requirement for larger companies to provide health coverage to workers.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said she was "appalled" by the bill and said it would derail the state's efforts to fight the opioid crisis, charge older Americans more and leave people with preexisting conditions without coverage. It allows parents keep their kids on their policies until they turn 26, and requires insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions.

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