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The least you need to know about the Senate healthcare bill

23 June 2017

While Donald Trump tried to distract the nation from the Senate's healthcare bill with tweets about Russia, "Cryin' Chuck", and those non-existent Comey "tapes", Barack Obama used Facebook to deliver a 939-word message defending his own health care law and asking Americans to call on their senators to vote down the AHCA.

The bill also would repeal the mandate that employers provide coverage, so more people (in any income bracket) could also end up in that boat.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not ideal, nor could it be the end of our efforts - and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it. "Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo".

Some Republican senators, as well as all the Senate's Democrats, have complained about Mr McConnell's proposal, the secrecy with which he drafted it and the speed with which he would like to move it to passage.

McConnell must navigate a narrow route in which defections by just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

"When legislation does come to the floor, it will present Senate Democrats with another opportunity to do what's right for the American people", McConnell said in a statement Thursday.

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Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong, while the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

"We live in the wealthiest country on earth". Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky. He and others said the measure would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama coverage requirements that some people find onerous.

The Senate bill essentially ends Obama's expansion of Medicaid, costing up to 400,000 Arizonans coverage within about six years.

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs says he's disappointed by what he calls "the lack of resolve" to repeal former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. "It's every bit as bad as the House bill".

At the White House on Thursday, Trump expressed hope for quick action.

Ending Obama's expansion has caused major rifts among GOP senators. 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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Allows states to impose work requirements on certain populations signing up for Medicaid. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.

This bill is better designed than the House version, according to Avik Roy, founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, because it offers more help to older people who can't afford insurance while making coverage cheaper for young healthy people.

Unlike the House bill, which bases its subsidies for private insurance on age, the Senate bill uses age and income. He said "small tweaks" during the upcoming debate "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

The House's tax credits were tied to people's ages, a change the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would boost out-of-pocket costs to many lower earners. "Because Obamacare isn't working, by almost any measure it has failed, and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something".

Allows states to permit plans to end essential health benefits, including mental health and substance use disorder coverage. His plan, which was nixed by the state Senate, might prove to have been prescient if the repeal passes.

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