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GOP’s challenge: finding votes for Senate health care bill

Republicans unveiled a “discussion draft” of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday, the GOP replacement for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Some Republican senators say the bill doesn’t go far enough and are calling for a complete repeal.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is intent on bringing the bill to a vote by the end of next week.Release of the 142-page proposal ended the long wait for one of the most closely guarded bills in years.House bill: States allowed to change what qualifies as an essential health benefit.On Facebook, Obama said at the heart of the bill was “fundamental meanness”. And that was one of the benefits that we saw with Obamacare – that that cost-shifting really stopped as people got coverage.White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday said the White House will work with the House and Senate to negotiate the path forward for health care. McConnell was “basically writing it by himself behind closed doors and nobody is ever doing anything good behind closed doors”, Meyers said.Majority Leader: It’s time to act, because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo. They said GOP characterizations of the law as failing are wrong and said the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.”We live in the wealthiest country on Earth”.The rejection by the four conservative lawmakers, namely Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, leaves Republicans short of the votes they need for passage, as Democrats are united in opposition.”It’s going to make it much harder to avoid a pregnancy that you don’t want, it’s going to make it harder to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy, and it’s going to make it harder to take care of that baby when you do have it”, says Andrea Flynn, a health policy fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a left-leaning think tank. The GOP can afford to lose no more than three Republican votes, or else the bill would face certain defeat.Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.To read the health care bill, visit the U.S. Senate.The Senate bill would make major cuts in the federal-state Medicaid program for poor and disabled people.-Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans and the nation’s finances. “Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate”. I will continue to stand with my fellow mayors and the American people to fight for real, affordable health care for all. For instance, states can now opt out of requiring insurance to cover things like maternity care.ACA: States can expand Medicaid to cover people making up to 138% of poverty line, and federal government would pay a large part of the cost.No Democrat worth his or her upper-case letter “D” will vote for a measure that hands generous tax cuts to the rich and the health industries, forces the poor off insurance rolls and eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood.The Senate bill largely uses people’s incomes as the yardstick for helping those without workplace coverage to buy private insurance. The bill’s subsidies for people outside of Medicare, Medicaid, and the employer-based insurance system could simply be given to the states to distribute to that population without having to comply with Obamacare’s regulations.