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Vermont US senators, governor oppose GOP health bill

23 June 2017

The Massachusetts senator took to her social media accounts to accuse "cruel" Republicans of enriching those "who make a lot of money" by shortchanging "30 million kids who get their health care through Medicaid".

Effectively ends the individual and employer mandates. Both bills would roll back the expansion and significantly overhaul the program, which provides insurance to almost 70 million people.

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act would start cutting Medicaid by the year 2021 if passed. "It does not keep our promises to the American people".

ACA: Insurers required to cover essential health benefits, such as hospital visits and mental health care. "Medicaid has been gutted, the premiums are going to go up, and the amount that people are going to have to contribute out of pocket for exchange policies is going to go up".

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Overall, as rightly pointed out by Spencer Perlman, director of health-care research at Veda Partners, the Senate plan has the "same architecture" but with "nicer furnishings".

Senate bill: Pre-existing conditions could not be used as a basis to deny coverage or raise premiums.

As of Friday morning, Democrats all over the country and here in CT are speaking out about this bill from Senate republicans. Projected to reduce federal funding.

HOUSE: The bill would allow the Medicaid expansion to continue until January 1, 2020. "That's not going to happen with us". Senator Rand Paul said in a statement that the bill does not go far enough.

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Congressman Brian Higgins (D-26) called the Senate GOP's plan a "pay more for less" plan. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

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Allows states to impose work requirements on certain populations signing up for Medicaid. Many are using the word "Cruel" to describe it. "Not only will the bill ration health care for millions of Americans, it is a massive giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of our kids". Today Medicaid pays for all the care people need, and the state and federal governments share the cost. It also limits the growth of Medicaid and eventually phases out the expansion, which has added more than 400,000 people to the rolls in Arizona. And now they're rushing to pass it next week before the July Fourth recess, before senators have to return home and face their constituents.