Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Budget Office: Senate Health Bill Adds 22 Million Uninsured

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Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 01:21

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) took to Twitter on Monday evening and said she wanted to work with her colleagues from both parties to fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act but that the budget office's report showed that the Senate bill could not achieve that.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told Fox News that he expects to have the support to get healthcare done and that the Senate will vote on the measure this week.

"If either the House or Senate health reform bill were to become law, not only would millions of Americans lose their insurance coverage, but many more would have higher-perhaps unaffordable-deductibles and co-payments that will discourage them from seeking the care they need", said AMA President David O. Barbe, MD. The Democrats are united in their opposition to this bill, so Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the measure.

"I would not bet against Mitch McConnell", his House counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters.

If the Senate passes a bill, it will either have to be approved by the House, the two chambers would have to reconcile their differences in a conference committee, or the House could pass a new version and bounce it back to the Senate.

Heller's fellow moderate Republican, Sen.

"The CBO has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage", the White House statement said.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat seen as a possible Flake challenger next year, said Monday the Senate bill "doesn't make anyone healthier". Taking a break from his vote-wrangling efforts, McConnell released an updated version of the Senate bill that addresses the problem-arguably, in the worst way possible.

Minutes after the report's release, three GOP senators threatened to oppose beginning debate.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) last week also announced he would not support the bill in its current form. Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) say it doesn't. Collins said she would vote against a procedural motion for the bill to move forward. President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

So, what questions do you have about what this bill means for you, your family or your doctor? A majority of poll respondents want Medicaid funding to be increased or maintained at current levels, with those supporting cuts ranging from a minority of 9 percent to 17 percent.

Federal spending on the program would decrease by 26 percent in 2026 compared to current law.

State waivers in the Senate bill will make it even easier for people to purchase coverage. They're also anticipating a drop of about 7 million people getting coverage through the individual marketplace.

But that won't change the growing realization among Republican lawmakers that taking action on their health care bill might hurt them more than it could help.

The bill would impose a six-month waiting period for anyone who lets their health insurance lapse for over 63 days and then wants to re-enroll in a plan in the individual market.

The Senate legislation "would increase the number of uninsured people substantially". That's because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama's law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.

Meanwhile, a nonpartisan coalition of patient and consumer groups - American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the March of Dimes among them - urged senators to vote against the bill, saying it "will do irreparable harm to patients, particularly those living with chronic illnesses".