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Casey heads to Pennsylvania to hammer Senate health bill

The 142-page bill proposed considerable cuts to Medicaid, a healthcare programme for low-income and disabled Americans, offered tax cuts to help people buy health insurance and gave states more power in shaping health-care regulations.As it stands, the Senate draft of the AHCA will make drastic cuts to Medicaid – even bigger than the cuts in the original House bill, which amounted to over $800 billion – screwing over mostly poor and elderly people.”The current bill does not repeal Obamacare”, Rand Paul, one of the four Senators, along with Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah, who have said in a joint statement that they’re “not ready to vote for this bill”. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month. It would phase out Obamacare’s expansion of the Medicaid programme for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025. It would also lower the annual income limit for receiving subsidies to cover insurance premiums to 350% of the poverty level, or about $42,000 for an individual, from 400%.”Obamacare is collapsing. This is a crisis for the American people”. The Senate bill will begin to rollback Medicaid expansion in 2021 and allow states to opt for waivers for essential health benefits. 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 outof pocket costs.Other advocacy groups, including the American Medical Association, AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of American Medical Colleges have also criticized the 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.And in a separate statement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state’s progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the “number one tool” in the fight against opioids. “I hope that President Trump delivers on his promise to provide more Americans with better health care for less money”. “But I believe we can get to ‘yes'”. Yesterday 43 protesters were arrested at the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Call your senators and ask them to consider the impact of any new bill on the health of our people and our economy.