Republican Senator Dean Heller opposes health care bill

Republican Senator Dean Heller opposes health care bill

Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system.

"Right now I am undecided", Cassidy said.

McConnell has only a few days to wheel, deal and cajole reluctant senators to get behind legislation that has grown less popular with more exposure.

Senate GOP bill: Prohibits Medicaid funding from being used at Planned Parenthood for a year; prohibits plans purchased using funding from the bill from covering abortions; prohibits funds allocated in the bill from going to health care providers - like Planned Parenthood - that are involved in abortion. "The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it", he said.

But if the initial GOP reaction to McConnell's bill is any indication, he may be forced to slow down.

Whether these protests are enough to kill the bill, or are anything more than political theater, remains to be seen.

On taxes, the House and Senate bills would repeal all the levies put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

The massive influx of money would have at least partially helped make up for the Senate's proposed rollback of Medicaid, which pays for roughly half of addiction treatment in many states. I'm guessing there must be some enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this bill that Republicans don't want the public to have time to ponder over. "That's a cost that the state can not sustain", he said. And it postpones the most draconian Medicaid cuts until after 2020, thus minimizing voter backlash in the 2018 midterms.

But some GOP senators representing states that rapidly expanded Medicaid health care coverage have said the time frame is too short to adjust budgets.

■ Medicaid cost $553 billion in fiscal year 2016.

The center estimates that the proposal to shift the cost of Medicaid payments to states could cost Arizona an additional $243.2 million by 2021, a number that could grow to $773 million by 2024. Essentially the state governments become the primary decision makers on who gets Medicaid now as opposed to having it be available to everybody who meet certain criteria?

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The House and Senate repeal bills would dramatically scale back financial assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans who buy insurance at ACA marketplaces. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

Senate GOP bill: Preserves more protections for people with pre-existing conditions than House bill, although critics say assurances are not as iron clad as those under Obamacare.

At Valley Health, a network of clinics serving mostly poor patients in West Virginia, southern OH and eastern Kentucky, fewer patients with insurance would probably force cutbacks in services, such as extended pediatric hours that allow working parents to bring in sick children evenings and weekends.

The strain on hospitals and doctors would reach beyond the health care system.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". Adults 50 to 65, who don't get health insurance from their employer, will likely face higher premiums.

In recent years, in contrast, workers' health care costs have increased at historically slow rates, data show.

If the current bill passes the Senate, and that is far from a lock, it still must be combined with the House version of a bill that passed last month.

"It's very scary to parents like myself who might be in this situation", Urtz said, who said he called Johnson's office this week to share his family's story.

The bill also would reduce or eliminate subsidies for millions of Americans on the exchange, subsidies that allow them to have insurance, stay healthy and keep working.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the House plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could cause 23 million people to lose their coverage.

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