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Senate GOP Tweak Health Care Bill Ahead Of Potential Vote

27 June 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington. This forecast comes as Senate Republican leaders press for a vote on the bill later this week, and it has already led one Republican senator to firmly oppose the bill.

The 49-page report from Congress's nonpartisan budget oversight arm is likely to make it hard for the bill to pass easily through the Senate, as GOP lawmakers had hoped it might perhaps as soon as this week. The state now has a projected $3 billion budget deficit. But the Congressional Budget Office said this provision could backfire.

"Both bills are mean-spirited and cruel", Beckmann said.

The nonpartisan budget analyst attributed the drop to the GOP's plan to repeal ObamaCare's two central mandates: the requirement to have health insurance and the requirement that most large employers provide it. If a person goes uninsured for 63 days or more in a year, they'll have to wait six months before they're eligible for coverage again.

For the first time, the Senate bill would cap federal spending on Medicaid in 2020, forcing state governments to either scale back the safety-net program for the poor and disabled, or make up the difference out of their own budgets.

After the CBO report's release, Sen. In a tweet, Collins said she wants to work with Republicans and Democrats to "fix the flaws" in Obamacare, but the "Senate bill won't do it".

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), one of several GOP senators who have so far declined to back the bill, said he didn't think lawmakers had enough information to cast a vote yet. The Senate bill also assumes that after 2025, Medicaid bills will grow more slowly than they have historically. Paul has publicly opposed the bill in its current form along with Sens. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. At least five Republicans have so far publicly stated that they can not support the legislation in its current form.

Most of the disgruntled senators have left the door open to backing the measure if it's changed.

GOP leaders in the Senate are not negotiating with party holdouts on health care, Sen.

The Kentucky senator said he spoke to President Donald Trump on the phone over the weekend to discuss the Senate's health care proposal. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

And it would jettison Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that more than 30 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

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"The CBO has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage", said an unsigned statement from the White House.

If you remember anything about the CBO's analysis of the House bill, this report should look grimly familiar.

But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments. Well, that's because it is basically an amendment to the underlying Obama health law, and if you don't have that language on hand, you won't really know what the Republicans are trying to change, and how.

In another troublesome finding for the legislation, the budget office warned that in some rural areas, either no insurer would be willing participate in the individual market or the policies offered would be prohibitively expensive.

The main change: The bill will now encourage people to buy and maintain continuous coverage.

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Senate GOP Tweak Health Care Bill Ahead Of Potential Vote