Senate Republicans unveiled their long-awaited health care overhaul proposal on Thursday. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured.
Kasich was part of a group of Republican and Democratic governors who wrote a letter last week to Senate leaders calling for them to work in a bipartisan way to revamp the nation's complex health insurance policies.
Will tax reform be easier to achieve than health care reform? The federal share drops to 90 percent after 2020.
If passed, the bill could have other effects on aging states like Pennsylvania. Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for the program, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services.
- Senate Republicans are aiming for a final vote next Thursday, before lawmakers leave town for the weeklong July 4th recess. Uses a less generous inflation adjustment than House bill. It also makes cuts to Medicaid payments and keeps some protections for people with pre-existing conditions. By past year, that was down to 7 percent. But it then allows states to ask for waivers to opt out of that requirement. A number of reports added more names to the list of possible GOP opponents, but I'm not so sold on them being the deciding vote against the plan. When you have coverage under Medicaid today, you have access to treatment programs. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. Ends cost-sharing subsidies in 2020, while failing to clear up uncertainty about whether they can be paid now. But the benchmark for subsidies would be a bare-bones "bronze" plan. If they vote against a repeal bill now, they will be charged with not fulfilling their years-long promise back home. When Trump stupidly referred to the House bill as "mean", he was nearly certainly referring to the provision in that measure that lets insurers charge higher premiums to those with preexisting conditions in states that have received a waiver from the federal government.
Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay many of those tax boosts.
League of Women Voters President Chris Carson called the Senate draft "a nasty bill that will hurt millions of Americans...."
Senate GOP bill: Same as House. If you are willing to visit their offices.
House GOP bill: No additional money for the opioid epidemic.
Richard Burr of North Carolina said outside the Senate: "I'm supportive of it". Some states that did not expand Medicaid as of the beginning of 2015 had declines of as much as 7 to 9 percentage points, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The bill also creates a new system of tax credits to support those buying private insurance.
OBAMACARE - Requires all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty, with exceptions for people who have experienced hardships. However, they must collect a separate premium, strictly segregated from taxpayer funds.
Alison Barkoff, protest participant and director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, told CNN, "This is a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans on the backs of people with disability". The reason is simply that too many otherwise healthy people will simply wait until they get sick to sign up. And Susan, to start, why do Republicans believe that this plan is essentially a better way to provide Americans with health insurance? There was only an unfinished draft being written by aides to Senate leadership.
"Congress has a responsibility to resolve these issues and stabilize the individual insurance market, and over the next several days, I will take time to fully review the legislative text and seek input from a wide range of stakeholders across our state", Corker said in a statement.