Thousands of Alaskan's health care could be at jeopardy depending what's in the Senate version of the American Health Care Act, but it remains unclear just how many as discussions have been tight-lipped with both democrats and republicans not knowing exactly what's in the bill. "It'll speak for itself, it'll be different, and take a different approach", said Senate Majority Leader Senator, Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
McConnell also confirmed that a final vote could come as early as next week, despite skepticism from moderate and conservatives senators as well as complaints from rank-and-file legislators about the leadership's lack of transparency regarding the bill.
One of the most prominent voices with Iowa's older population has launched a campaign to pus... They're pushing for public hearings. Though Republicans hold a slim majority in the upper chamber, many Republicans still have issues with the plan they want addressed.
According to the Post, the Senate's healthcare bill "largely mirrors" the AHCA. "I said, "Add some money to it", he said at a rally in Iowa, confirming reports that had leaked from his meeting with Senate Republicans about their bill.
Never mind that the American people did not seat a "Republican Senate"; there is no "Republican Senate" written into the Constitution.
McConnell's decision to keep the details tightly under wraps was intentional and aimed at winning over his colleagues out of the public spotlight, but the secretive process has infuriated Democrats - and aggravated plenty of Republicans, too. He said insurance markets are "collapsing" under Obamacare and the GOP will offer a better alternative. And yet, they could open up that process any time they please. We've had many productive discussions on the way forward.
"What we have with Obamacare has failed the American people", the Wyoming senator replied. Once again, the GOP healthcare bill is a direct attack on women and the poor. More bad news is coming and higher premium increases [are coming] so the law is collapsing. For one thing, senators from Medicaid expansion states would have a tougher time swallowing a faster phase out of the expansion.
"Republicans are writing their healthcare bill under the cover of darkness because they are ashamed of it", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer charged. "Everything has been cut to the bone".
McConnell did not indicate he had the majority votes yet for passage.
In a departure from the version the House approved last month, which President Donald Trump privately called "mean", the Senate plan would drop the House's waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions. "Numbers specific to addiction treatment were not available".
According to the poll, almost 60 percent of adults said they thought it would make insurance more expensive for low-income Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.
"Individuals impacted by opioid addiction, and everyone else who gained coverage under Medicaid expansion, will continue to receive care as long as they stay on the program", Pearce told the AP.