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GOP Opposition Imperils Senate Health Care Bill

Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy. “It does not keep our promises to the American people”, said Senator Rand Paul, who along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson said they could not support it in its current form.Protesters began to gather at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to show their displeasure while the health care bill now being drafted…and the secrecy that surrounded it.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.Facing uniform Democratic opposition, the Senate plan would fail if just three of the chamber’s 52 Republicans defect. The House bill, he said, “is a movement away”. “The Senate bill may be even meaner.”Obama weighed in on Facebook”.Any new Senate bill would have to be reconciled with the House version.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has for months urged legislators not to replace the Affordable Care Act with a law that would reduce access to health insurance.Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama’s law as failing are wrong, while the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. “If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm”, he wrote.The Senate’s most conservative members said the plan did not do enough to scale back the US government’s role.”This current bill does not repeal Obamacare”.North Carolina has roughly 2 million people on Medicaid, according to Henry, a figure in line with the national percentage of 20 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. “She has a number of concerns and will be particularly interested in examining the forthcoming CBO analysis on the impact on insurance coverage, the effect on insurance premiums, and the changes in the Medicaid program”, Clark said.”The goal of a lot of the reform discussion has been trying to allow states to be more innovative in their delivery of dollars for the Medicaid system”, said state Rep. Murrell Smith, the Sumter Republican who chairs a panel that decides state health-care spending.For the next two years, the Senate would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people. But in a Republican-led healthcare future, states would have the option to not require insurers to cover substance abuse treatments.In a statement, Walker said Alaskans benefiting from the expanded program “have received life-saving care and peace of mind knowing they have health care coverage”. The bill effectively eliminates the mandate that people carry insurance or pay a penalty and does not replace that provision with any other incentive to try and get healthy people to sign up.The Senate proposal would align tax credits with an individual or family’s age, income and geographic location, likely to combat the negative headlines House Republicans faced after the Congressional Budget Office said their plan could skyrocket costs for older Americans. Wavering senators should know that we’re not fooled.Last week, the U.S. Catholic bishops gathered in Indianapolis for their spring meeting spent close to an hour discussing proposed changes to Obamacare, warning that drastic cuts to federal health insurance subsidies would harm the poor.