Senate Healthcare Bill Makes Major Cuts to Medicaid

Angie Massey
June 24, 2017

"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a news conference with Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. It also phases out certain benefits insurance plans are now required to provide, such as preventive care screenings, emergency room visits, maternal and newborn care and lab tests.

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"Any federal legislator who votes for this bill and says, oh I didn't cut Medicaid, I just sent it back to the states-that whole deliberately misleading", he added. Few senators were included in the secretive drafting process, which McConnell oversaw alongside a small conclave of aides, lawmakers, and lobbyists.

"This is a nasty bill and they are trying to cover it up with little things here and there", said Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY. While McConnell's bill curtails the program at a slower rate than the House version, it ultimately cuts deeper, which has prompted senators whose states expanded Medicaid to raise red flags.

Hospital groups came out against the bill on Thursday.

"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs".

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.

Barack Obama has called the Republican replacement for his signature healthcare legislation, Obamacare, a "massive transfer of wealth" from the poor and middle-class to the wealthy.

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Jan Brewer urged Congress to slow down and find a way to save Medicaid expansion that would be virtually eliminated under a U.S. Shortly after the 142-page bill was distributed, more than a half-dozen GOP lawmakers signaled concerns or initial opposition.

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Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.

Republican Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky) said, "It keeps the preexisting condition, keeps the regulations, and then subsidizes the death spiral".

"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them", Johnson said.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions.

The Senate is considering a bill to replace it after the House of Representatives passed their own version. The CBO estimates that the House bill would leave 23 million more Americans without health insurance but cut the federal deficit by $110 billion over 10 years.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects to release its analysis of the Senate plan early next week. "It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it".

AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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