Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

"We're going to continue the discussion", Leader McConnell said after a closed-door meeting with Republicans where he informed them of the delay.

"If we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like and that's OK".

The BCRA was seemingly hurt by Monday's score from the Congressional Budget Office, which concluded it's passage would leave at least 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance in 2026 than would have it if Obamacare remained in place. But while the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill last month to replace Obamacare, the Senate version appeared to be stalled on Tuesday. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll said Tuesday that the lawmaker will not vote for a crucial procedural motion allowing the Senate to begin debate on the legislation, unless it's changed.

"This bill was so bad for their constituencies that they fought it", the NY senator said.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said last week he would examine whether the proposal was good for his state. And another conservative, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said he had "a hard time believing" he'd have enough information to back that motion this week, the news service reported.

It would allow people up to age 26 to remain on their parents' plans, and it would bar insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. That so-called continuous coverage provision is meant to encourage more Americans to buy health insurance, and not wait to buy it until a medical need arises.

But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase consumers' out of pocket costs. In order for the bill to pass, Republicans can risk losing only two of their senators.

Senate Republicans say people are unhappy with the individual market and rising premiums under Obamacare. "I wouldn't count McConnell out yet". Lisa Murkowski, said they were concerned about the bill but neither said they were ready to vote against debating it.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "This bill is every bit as mean as the House bill".

Because West Virginia chose to expand coverage through Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law, many people in the state have come to rely on the health coverage and access to substance abuse treatment it provides, even as others with private insurance face skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, she said. The report projected that the bill would reduce the deficit by $331 billion over 10 years, over $200 billion more in savings than the House version.

It won't be enough of an incentive to get healthy people to pay higher premiums for insurance, she said.

The party, however, remains adamant in its yearslong crusade to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Currently Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Starting in 2020, premium subsidies would be based on bronze plans, which cover only an average of 58 percent of covered benefits and have much higher deductibles.

A nonpartisan CBO report released Monday estimated that the repercussions of the new bill would be devastating.

Ryan's point was that given the current state of play, it's not helpful for anyone in the House to come out and attack or criticize elements of the bill. To take up tax reform or funding the government in 2018, Senate procedure would require them to scrap the health care effort altogether. "The Senate should reject this ill-conceived bill and start over".

As the GOP move into the Senate to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act, they will face some steep challenges from both sides of the aisle today. It's the first time since the foundation began conducting the poll in 2010 - the year Obamacare was signed into law by then-President Barack Obama - that favorable sentiments have topped 50 percent.

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