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Indiana Democrats, Republicans React To Senate Health Bill

The problem facing GOP leaders is that any changes that moves the bill further to the right has the potential to alienate moderate Republicans. He said the state’s uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward.In his statement, Obama said the Senate bill is “not a health care bill”.”There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn’t like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it”, says Zwillich.Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version. Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well.-Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans and the nation’s finances.The Senate proposal is broadly similar to the bill passed by House Republicans last month, with a few notable differences. He said the changes he is seeking to the bill would go in the opposite direction of those sought by other current “no” votes – conservative hard-liners including Texas Sen. Among other things, it effectively phases out the Medicaid program in it entirety by imposing a cap on Medicaid spending and then reducing the real value of that cap each year. John Kennedy is seen more likely as a definitive yes vote for the GOP.”Well they are also four good guys and they are four friends of mine and I think that they’ll probably get there, we’ll have to see”, he said on “Fox & Friends”. Sandoval also asked if it’s “really realistic” for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility.But it repeals the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance without creating incentives for Americans to stay in their plans.Former Indiana State Health commissioner Woody Myers says the bill worsens an already-weakened health care situation after large insurers this week left Indiana’s Obamacare marketplace – something Myers blames federal Republicans for. The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.Those waivers would allow state to drop benefits required by Obamacare, such as maternity coverage, mental health care and prescription drug coverage.AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.