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Toomey Led the Push for the Senate Bill's Deep Medicaid Cuts

23 June 2017

"Make no mistake: the Senate bill is just as devastating as the widely unpopular House-passed bill and sends us back to a time when health care was out of reach for many in our state", said Heather O'Loughlin, co-director of the nonprofit. Democrats are united in opposition. Now, under the firm leadership of the third wise man, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a group of Republican Senators has written a bill largely modeled on the provisions of the House bill, although perhaps sufficiently "less mean".

Under the Affordable Care Act, the government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs.

For the next two years, the Senate bill would continue cost-sharing subsidies for health plans sold through the Covered California exchange, which have helped low-income residents with co-payments and other out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Joan Hemm receives tax subsidies to help her buy insurance on the state exchange, "I'm afraid that under the proposed bill I will lose the tax credits. Look forward to making it really special!" he wrote on Twitter. Younger people also might benefit by paying less toward coverage, helping boost their enrollment. Under the Senate bill, the value would drop to 58%.

Obama weighed in on Facebook.

"These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell's office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs", she said.

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Senate GOP bill: Generally follows House standard. That's a health insurance company in OH that provides coverage to thousands of Medicaid patients in the state.

Senate GOP bill: Creates $2 billion fund to provide grants to states for substance abuse and mental health treatment. So many of you made that change possible.

Despite McConnell's positive reinforcement, many Republican senators were not immediately sold on the draft legislation after a closed-door briefing Thursday morning. Fewer than one in 3 Americans supports it, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

"I will not stand idly by while Republicans try to wreak havoc with our country's Medicaid and Medicare that so many rely on for health care, while also gutting key protections, and instituting a crushing age tax".

As NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben reports, the BCRA is similar in many ways to the House's health care alternative, the American Health Care Act, that passed last month. It would also allow states to add work requirements for some of the 70 million Americans who depend on the programme.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there's a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it's to make people's lives better, not worse. 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.

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Health insurers had until Wednesday to declare whether they planned to sell coverage next year on the exchanges in most states. If the Senate version passes, the two would need to be reconciled and a final version voted on again by both chambers.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by, from left, Sen.

She said she views the latest health care bill "un-American".

It would direct up to $50 billion in funding through 2021 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help shore up the existing individual exchange marketplace and provide another $62 billion over eight years in long-term funding to states. The Senate would peg the subsidy to the median price of a policy that covers about 58 percent of health costs, roughly equivalent to todays “bronze” plans.

Members quickly rushed back to their offices to start reading the text of the bill.

McConnell said a fresh CBO score was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor.

"Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act, and we are", he said.

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"We are not ready to vote for this bill". US Capitol Police said 43 protesters were arrested and charged with obstruction.