Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

How the Senate health care bill could disrupt the insurance market

How the Senate health care bill could disrupt the insurance market

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference back in Nevada.

Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which under the Senate bill would be phased out by 2024, is one of the 2010 law's most popular provisions.

CBS News learned "America First", a pro-Trump organization, has announced it will begin running television ads against Senator Dean Heller because of his opposition to the health care plan.

"Obamacare is collapsing. This is a crisis for the American people".

Behind the scenes, several members of Trump's team have been active in discussions with Senate leaders, including chief of staff Reince Priebus; legislative director Marc Short; domestic policy chief Andrew Bremberg, who's a former aide to McConnell; Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; and Seema Verma, who oversees Medicare and Medicaid. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will decide whether to support his party's health care bill after hearing from Montanans next week, the lawmaker said Friday.

Mr Paul said fundamental problems still remain that would leave taxpayers subsidising health insurance companies.

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The ten include Senator Susan Collins (R. Maine), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R. Alaska), Senator Bill Cassidy (R. Louisiana), Senator Jeff Flake (R. AZ), Senator Cory Gardner (R. Colorado), Senator Rob Portman (R. Ohio), Senator Ted Cruz (R. Texas), Senator Rand Paul (R. Kentucky), Senator Mike Lee (R. Utah), and Senator Ben Sasse (R. Nebraska).

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the US Senate on Friday to mobilise support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage. However, the four senators do appear open to negotiations and amendments that could turn their "no" to a "yes".

The CBO is not expected to "score" the Senate version of the health care bill until next week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to have a vote on the measure by the end of the week.

The Senate plan significantly scales back Medicaid - a healthcare programme for the poor - and repeals Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program. This means that those with a break in coverage would need to wait a half-year before they would be eligible to purchase an individual market health insurance plan.

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Merkley added that for people with pre-existing conditions , "this Republican bill should terrify you". Both Sandoval and Heller agreed that the Affordable Care Act is not ideal and needs work.

Key moderate Republicans, including Sens.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Sen. "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said. And, he added, "It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes".

Jawanda Mast, a disability advocate from Olathe whose daughter has Down syndrome, said she had been contacted by one of Moran's staff members to get her thoughts on the bill and had asked him to "be our champion now and vote "no" to this bill that will be devastating for those with disabilities". "She has met with and heard the concerns of many Mainers about their health care challenges, and she will continue to do so as she studies the impact of this legislation on ME and the nation".

Most health care advocates, physician organizations and hospitals have come out against this bill. In 2016, Medicaid spending accounted for $368 billion out of $3.9 trillion in total federal spending, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"These cuts are blood money".

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