Ohio's Senators Still Not On Board With Republican Health Care Plan

Ivan Schwartz
July 16, 2017

On Thursday, McConnell revealed the second version of the GOP's proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (actually refers to two separate pieces of legislation i.e. the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in which Americans are provided with better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance) is that it aims on stabilizing insurance cost for consumers and also contains a controversial amendment.

Leaders included the Cruz provision in their second healthcare bill in hopes of winning votes from other hardline conservatives.

Increasing the pressure: GOP leaders have restarted the clock by publicly stating that they'd like a vote (or at least to take the procedural steps toward a vote) next week. What Congress and President Trump should not be doing is eliminating an essential piece of the social safety net that serves thousands of Camden County residents.

The White House legislative affairs team held meetings on the legislation with Senate leadership "all afternoon" on Friday, a senior White House official said. But they don't do much for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The provision - a version of the Consumer Freedom Option pushed by Texas Sen. It also provides almost $45 billion from 2018 through 2026 to help states battle opioid addiction.

The legislation retained two taxes on the wealthy that helped pay for the Obamacare law. Retaining those taxes, which save the federal government $230 billion over 10 years, provides McConnell money to help boost the stabilization fund, sources told CNN earlier this week. Today's updated version of the Senate bill is no different. That would leave an estimated 15 million fewer people insured by the program.

The Senate has done it's best to repeal the ACA (also known as Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care), but what will their proposal do to our most vulnerable citizens who must rely on Medicaid because they are too poor and/or are disabled and can not pay for coverage?

In other words, Murkowski alone could kill the bill when McConnell brings it to the floor on Tuesday on a "motion to proceed" vote.

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Despite the nod to conservatives, Kentucky's Rand Paul highlighted the subsidies for premiums and deductibles in arguing the bill, does go far enough in repealing Obamacare.

But Toomey, who contends Medicaid spending growth is unsustainable, said he supports the new bill.

McConnell has several factors working for him. A bill that passed the House in May is viewed by Senate Republicans as unworkable.

Heller is another one to watch. Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker said he talked with Pence but declined to say if he supports the bill.

Allows states to receive relief from reductions in allowable disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments during the following quarter in 2018 or 2019 if the state terminates its Medicaid expansion, and modifies the formula by which non-expansion states can receive additional DSH allocations.

Since the Affordable Care Act, 500,000 direct care workers gained insurance coverage. "And 210,000 people in my state". They include: Murkowski; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Mike Lee of Utah; John Hoeven of North Dakota; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Thom Tillis of North Carolina; Ben Sasse of Nebraska; Thad Cochran of Mississippi; Cory Gardner of Colorado; and Todd Young of Indiana.

Medicaid, not Medicare, pays for long-term care, including home care. Obamacare only allowed Americans under the age of 30 purchase catastrophic healthcare plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Trumpcare is still about raising health costs for middle-class families, giving tax breaks to special interests, and keeping the deep cuts to Medicaid that threaten vulnerable Americans across every generation.

In Ohio, more than a million people have gotten Medicaid coverage over some period of time since 2014 under Obamacare. "Our administration's paid very close attention to this issue", he said. But moderates have anxious the bill will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, while some conservatives say it does not go far enough. "And so they're making adjustments around the edges, but directionality they're doing the same things we did", he said. "We've had seven years to create an alternative plan".

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