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

Senate health care bill expected to reverse Medicaid expansion


Senate leaders on Wednesday were putting the final touches on legislation that would reshape a big piece of the USA health-care system by dramatically rolling back Medicaid while providing a softer landing to Americans who stand to lose coverage gained under the Affordable Care Act compared with legislation passed last month by the House.

The House passed its version in May, while the Senate measure is now being drafted by 13 male Republican senators who have kept the process and details of the bill tightly under wraps. While the Senate bill does tie subsidies to income, rather than to age as the House bill did, that still doesn't help the millions of Americans who still can't really afford insurance outside of Medicaid. The draft bill would also end federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Aides stress that the GOP plan is likely to undergo more changes in order to garner the 50 votes Republicans need to pass it. Two GOP members could defect, and Senate Republicans could still get the bill through without support from a single Democrat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release the measure Thursday morning and hopes to push it through the Senate next week.

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Altogether, 13 Republican senators, including McConnell, on average received $214,000 in contributions from health insurance and pharmaceutical companies from November 2010 to November 2016, money and politics watchdog MapLight found by searching campaign finance reports. After 2025, however, growth in spending would shift from the consumer price index (CPI) for medical care to the CPI for all goods, a lower level of growth.

The Kentucky Republican's "Read the Bills" proposal would require a vote for any bill to wait one day for every 20 pages before being brought up for a vote. They unanimously oppose the GOP bill but lack the votes to defeat it.

Trump has urged the Republican-led Senate to pass a more "generous" bill than the one approved by the House.

The draft of the bill is being released to senators Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. According to the draft, assistance will be capped for those earning 350 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2020. "Can't lose anybody", said President Donald Trump.

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Democrats accuse Republicans of sabotaging Obamacare, and say the Republican bill will make healthcare unaffordable for poorer Americans while cutting taxes for the wealthy. A second conservative, Utah's Mike Lee, complained about not seeing the legislation despite being on the working group of senators assigned to craft it and said lawmakers should have seen the measure "weeks ago" if they're to vote next week.

The recent alignment between the two parties centers on disagreement over how the Senate's repeal of the act is being written: behind closed doors and, apparently, without public meetings.

Lawmakers are also looking at taxes.

Anthem announced its exit from Wisconsin and IN on Wednesday, the deadline IN many states for US insurers to file their premium rates if they wish to participate IN the Affordable Care Act next year. Rauen said it turned out he didn't have a tumor but the insurer said he had a preexisting condition.

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The health care of millions is in the balance.

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