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‘No Cuts to Medicaid': Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell’s Office

After weeks of closed door meetings, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initially released the bill to the Republican Senate Conference, a group of Republican members of the upper chamber of Congress. Among respondents who supported President Donald Trump, 55 percent approved of the Republican bill, compared with 69 percent in May.Senate Republicans released only a draft of their bill, with no analysis and no cost estimates. Governors also said the bill could hurt rural hospitals and senior citizens who have nursing home care covered by Medicaid.The tax was part of Obama’s health law, and it has always been unpopular among Republicans, as well as business groups and labor. Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate. Later in the day he tweeted he was “supportive” but looked “forward to making it very special!”Senate GOP leaders unveiled the 142-page proposed ACA replacement Thursday.Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said that holding a vote on the measure next week would be too rushed to hear input from his constituents and that he would likely not vote for it if there wasn’t enough time.McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.”Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains”, Ryan said at the time. The plan would scale back aid to the poor and kill a tax on the wealthy.The four say there are provisions that are an improvement to the current health care system.On both the moderate and conservative sides of the party, some of the lawmakers that may be the toughest for McConnell to get to a yes are the same ones who may have to rely on his generosity for their re-elections.”I have serious concerns about the bill’s impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid”, said Sen.Paul said the Republican bill brought out in summary form Thursday retains “the fundamental flaws” of Obamacare that keep premiums high.House GOP bill: Cuts taxes by almost $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families.Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook. He said amendments during the upcoming debate “cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation”.The House-passed bill would halt the extra funds for new beneficiaries in three years, a suggestion McConnell has offered.Trump publicly celebrated the House bill’s passage, only to later criticize it in private as “mean”.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. Report is expected early next week.Lawmakers would also limit federal support for the overall Medicaid program, which covers more than 70 million low-income children, parents, elderly and disabled Americans. That would make the insurance all but useless to people with costly pre-existing conditions, which will discourage many people from buying it.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.The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama’s law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.The Senate bill does provide $62 billion in state grants to lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for Obamacare enrollees, particularly those who are sick. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty as a reason they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.