Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Former president Barack Obama on Thursday slammed the GOP effort to replace his signature health care law and urged his former constituents to contact their members of Congress to defeat the bill.”I hope we’re going to surprise you with a really good plan”, he said in Cedar Rapids. The House bill would allow states to opt out of the latter provision.One in five Americans is now on Medicaid, largely due to expansions under Obamacare.Or – The House could simply approve the Senate version and send it to the president, though some Republicans may not be on board.Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now.He said he is reviewing the bill and confident that Murkowski and Sullivan will fight to protect Alaskans and the needs of a vast, remote state where high health care costs are a concern.It repeals about all of its taxes and gets rid of the individual and employer mandates, meaning no fines for not having health insurance.She said she is committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to affordable, quality health care and will review the bill through that lens.Likewise, the proposal will maintain reduced cost payments throughout 2019, payments that will help low-income Americans obtain medical coverage in the individual market through deductibles and co-payments, which would directly affect the economy of these strata.”Senate Republicans weren’t making the House bill better”.”This is a nasty bill and they’re trying to cover it up with little things here and there”, Schumer said, adding, “The most conservative – they don’t believe there should be Medicaid at all and this is a step to eradicating it”. While the bill leaves in place subsidies to help pay for insurance, it would narrow eligibility for them to 350% of the federal poverty level instead of the current 400%. But Medicaid has also been eating up an ever-larger share of federal spending, so the Republican plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled.Earlier in his response to the Senate bill’s introduction to the public, Obama admitted that repealing the Affordable Care Act has become a “core tenet of the Republican party”. This bill permanently caps funding for Medicaid, meaning eligible Americans could be stuck on waiting lists, left with inferior coverage, or denied vital coverage entirely, unsure of what the future holds.