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Rand Paul would prefer a Senate health bill that repeals Obamacare

About a fourth of respondents said the bill made “minor reductions” to Medicaid, and 13 percent didn’t realize there were any proposed cuts.The Republican Bill aims to deliver on one of Trump’s central campaign promises to “repeal and replace” the 2010 law passed under Obama that expanded coverage to millions of Americans.Critics, including former President Barack Obama, have called the Republican bills massive transfers of wealth from the poor and sick to the rich. Giaimo said there is truth to that because under “Obamacare”, subsidies and Medicaid expansions were funded by tax penalties and higher premiums for those who earned more.The bill also aims to limit growth of Medicaid spending by implementing per capita caps or block grants rather than the current entitlement program. Maria Cantwell at Virginia Mason Medical Center Friday to blast the newly unveiled Senate Republican health-care bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid coverage. This is a concession to moderates, who weren’t pleased that the House version would end the enhanced support for new enrollees in 2020. Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.Of every Republican senator up for re-election next year, only one represents a state that Hillary Clinton won last year: Sen.”There are folks in the Republican conference who desperately want this to devolve to the states”, said Whitlock, who’s now vice president for health policy at ML Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm.The bill also provides $50 billion over four years, starting in 2018, to help stabilize the insurance market.The way that Medicaid is restructured under the Senate and House bill, states will likely not be able to front the Medicaid costs, and the program will likely shrink due to inadequate funds. And I don’t mean to exaggerate, but in the main, it’s very hard to be supportive of something that takes health insurance away from 20 million or so Americans. She has all kinds of very good reasons to oppose the regressive plan, but GOP leaders have catered the bill with the Alaska Republican in mind – prepared to hear quite a bit about the “Klondike Kickback” – and she’ll face enormous pressure to prioritize her party’s interests.”We can not support the current bill”, said Senator Rand Paul, R-KY.”I haven’t said I’m opposed”, Sen.The Senate released its health care reform bill in “discussion draft” form June 22.It was not immediately clear whether the group intends to back a primary challenger to Heller.Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat.Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.There’s a fair amount of chatter about the four Senate Republicans – Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul – who issued a lukewarm, nearly mealy-mouthed statement, yesterday, But of the quartet, I find it hard to imagine anyone but Rand Paul actually following through. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-OH) had previously told the National Review that he has been dreaming about making cuts to the Medicaid program since his keg-days in college.”It was just released yesterday”.”I am deeply concerned about the potential effects of a one-size-fits-all approach”, he said. “They are living healthier and happier lives because of that decision – I don’ think that can be overstated enough”. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. “It is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written”.The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance, while offering states the ability to drop numerous benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment. However, the Senate bill changes the Obamacare formula for credits, making them less generous.Senator Paul issued a separate statement, stating that he didn’t run on passing “Obamacare lite”. Contributing were AP reporters Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska; Bobby Caina Calvan in Helena, Montana; Bob Christie in Phoenix; Kristena Hansen in Salem, Oregon; Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Alison Noon in Carson City, Nevada; Bob Salsberg in Boston; Sophia Tareen in Springfield, Illinois; and Kristen Wyatt in Denver.