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GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million

The Senate bill, which would repeal and replace key portions of the Affordable Care Act, would have less of a financial impact on MA in the first few years than an earlier version of the bill passed by the U.S. House, Baker noted, but the consequences of the Senate bill would become more severe after 2020.Collins, a center-right Republican, allowed for the possibility that the Senate could work late during an open amendment process and said she would withhold a final decision on the bill until the Congressional Budget Office issues an assessment on its effects, which is expected in the coming days. Lindsay Graham, R-South Carolina, said the vote was getting tougher by the minute. In this case, both have two specific, and related, concerns causing them heartburn on the health bill: The prevalence of opioid addiction in their states, and their constituents’ reliance on Medicaid.The proposed bill would also reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who want money for treatment of opioid addiction.”The CBO has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage”, said an unsigned statement from the White House.Responding to Monday’s report, it said: “The CBO has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage”.Senate Republicans offered some small changes to their proposal Monday, including a penalty for people whose insurance coverage lapses, an effort to persuade consumers to buy insurance before they have a health care emergency and need help with paying their medical bills.Industry groups have been critical of the Senate bill’s proposal to put the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor on a budget. Insurers would generally be required to impose the waiting period on people who lacked coverage for more than about two months in the prior year. That’s nearly identical to their scoring of the House bill.Democrats said the Republican bill is fundamentally flawed.She says she intends to wait for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before making a decision.If the Senate manages to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act, then the House can pass the BCRA with no changes and then send the bill to President Donald Trump to sign.That optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of former President Barack Obama’s health law. It makes me want to explore this more.”The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law”, CBO said in its highly anticipated report.One of the holdouts, Sen.”There’s no way we should be voting on this next week”, Republican Senator Ron Johnson warned on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Rand Paul, one of the original Republicans to speak out against the plan.”We continue to make progress”, Cruz told reporters Monday, as Democrats, who oppose the bill, planned an almost-all-night protest session.”It’s a bad bill”, he said.Even Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was citing the report for its conclusions that premiums would not go down, though he wouldn’t answer reporters on whether he would vote against the bill ― or the motion to proceed ― if the legislation came up for a vote this week. Sen.Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is up for re-election next year, had already expressed reservations about the number of people who could lose coverage under the GOP bill. Collins tweeted. “CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it”.The CBO said the insurance markets would be stable under the Obamacare program and the Republicans’ model, largely because of financial incentives to enroll.The stats on the Senate health care bill are in: The Republicans’ new plan to repeal Obamacare would leave 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 than under current law. In later years, tax credits that are less generous than Obamacare, on average, and phased-in cuts to Medicaid spending would result in many more people without coverage.In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.