Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

GOP Senators May Dislike McConnell's Secret Trumpcare Bill, Too

"I stand by my pledge to increase transparency and accessibility in the U.S. Senate, and my resolution will give members ample time to read all legislation before they vote", he said.

"Everybody's going to see it in entirety real soon", the White House official told CNN.

Sen. Cory Gardner expressed disappointment that "we have a Washington, D.C., so fundamentally broken that both sides of the aisle can't come together to fix" health care. Some from states that have expanded the program have battled to prolong the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly. Critics say the secretive process leaves little time to understand the impacts of the plan, like how many people could lose coverage or how much it will cost. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks about the health overhaul following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Senate leaders on Wednesday were putting the final touches on proposed legislation that would reshape a big piece of the USA health care system by rolling back Medicaid while providing a softer landing, compared with legislation passed by the House, to Americans who stand to lose coverage gained under former President Barack Obama's law. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday.

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But it's Sen. Murkowski and at least seven other key republicans who will decide where the bill goes once it's introduced. A week ago, Trump called the version the House approved last month "mean". Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for the program, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services.

The Senate legislation would link federal insurance subsidies to income, a change from a House-passed bill that tied them to age, the Post reported. That focuses financial assistance on people with lower incomes.

The bill will also pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood, which, for the record, already can not legally use federal money to cover abortions. "Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada could have tough re-elections in 2018 and a vote for an unpopular bill could seal their fate".

Advocacy groups are organizing to fight it.

Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill
The healthcare bill will be released to the Republican Senate Conference on Thursday morning and posted online, senators said. That would not fly under the Senate's strict rules for the process, through which the healthcare bill will proceed.

The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers.

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

Cassidy said senators had also been told the legislation would continue funding cost-sharing subsidies made available to help low-income Americans under Obamacare "for a couple of years". Pricing Affordable Care Act plans "has become increasingly hard due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations". The House plan would result in the loss of health care benefits to 23 million people, the Congressional Budget Office predicted.

Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wanted to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision.

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