SC residents, hospitals likely losers in Senate health-care bill, experts say

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"It does not keep our promises to the American people", said Senator Rand Paul, who along with fellow Republican senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson said they could not support it in its current form. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Ohio's Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill. It concluded that ultimately 23 million Americans would lose insurance by 2026 if the House plan becomes law.

"Let me assure you, leadership knows well how I feel", Heller said, while also bashing the long-term cuts in the Senate bill to the traditional Medicaid program.

The Senate bill would also reduce subsidies now provided to help people without workplace coverage get private health insurance, said Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the health care consulting firm Avalare Health. They could be included in another Senate bill.

"There are components of it that would provide similar incentives for individuals in the health insurance marketplace up to 350 percent of the federal poverty level, which could bring a lot of lower-income folks into commercial insurance", he says.

Older people could be disproportionately hurt because they pay more for insurance in general. The last thing I want to do is play armchair quarterback with them.

(For the first million you make, you get a tax cut the size of the median US income.) Most Democrats are alarmed, and some Republicans, especially governors in states that went with the Medicaid program, like Arizona, are concerned as well. And like the House measure, it would put the entire Medicaid program on a budget, ending the open-ended entitlement that now exists. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. A capital-gains tax cut for the most affluent Americans would be retroactive to the beginning of this year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "discussion draft" of the Republican Party's latest health care bill enraged Ms. Warren on Thursday. It would require Republicans to admit that because health insurance is so expensive in this country, Medicaid must cover more people than it once did.

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The battle lines are forming tonight in the Senate over replacing Obamacare.

"If the House (American) Health Care Act was a "mean" bill, the Senate version is a "nasty" one", she said.

Tax boosts Obama levied on upper income people and medical industry companies would be repealed, and another on costly employer-provided health insurance would be delayed. Whereas Senate Democrats held 25 days of debate on Obamacare, the Republicans have reportedly budgeted themselves about a week between the release of the bill's text and the vote on it.

The Senate bill would take all federal funding from Planned Parenthood for a year, which provides 2.4 million men, women, and children annually with birth control, sexually-transmitted disease treatment, and preventative checkups.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, with an occasional assist from President Donald Trump, finally succeeded in persuading a bare majority of House Republicans to pass a repeal and reform bill.

Noting that he had spoken with Vice President Mike Pence and the Senate Republican leadership Friday morning, he said: "It's going to be hard to get me to a yes". Some from states that have expanded have battled to delay the phase-out, while conservative Republicans have sought to halt the funds quickly.

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