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Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

“I don’t believe that the president has specifically weighed in that it’s right to cut Medicaid”, Sanders said, adding that Trump will continue to negotiate with the Congress “until we get the best bill that we can”.Like the House bill, they said, the Senate bill would no longer penalize individuals and employers for failing to have health insurance.Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition. Obviously that means his vote could change once the bill gets amended, but it might be slightly tricky considering his reason for opposing AHCA: Medicaid.Hospital and insurers rallied following the release of the Senate GOP health bill, which have been more favorable to them than the House of Representatives Bill passed in early May. Under the House bill, 14 million people would lose Medicaid coverage over 10 years. Three of them said they anxious it does not go far enough in repealing the ACA, known as Obamacare. Four conservative senators-Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin-announced they would oppose it without changes, which is more than enough to bring it down. “But the bill in front of us today I don’t think makes those fixes”, Heller said.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. He questioned the way that the Affordable Care Act dealt with pre-existing condition, but said the Senate bill did not do any better. We’ve got you covered.The group said in a statement Friday it’s encouraged that the Senate bill would take immediate action to stabilize shaky insurance markets by guaranteeing billions of dollars in subsidies under jeopardy due to a legal dispute and political maneuvering.Assuming every Democrat is a no vote, the GOP can’t afford more than 2 of their own senators to vote against the bill.The House approved its version of the bill last month.Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs – providing health insurance to low-income people.Mr McConnell is reportedly looking to schedule a vote on the bill sometime before the 4 July Congressional recess, which does not give much time to deliver what Mr Obama called “the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines”. The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024.Though the Senate GOP’s bill repeals the individual mandate, the legislation maintains numerous ACA tax credits that have helped people buy insurance.