How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'


The proposal, worked out in secret by a group led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, aims to deliver a campaign promise of President Donald Trump by rolling back former president Barack Obama's healthcare law, which has provided coverage to millions of Americans since it was passed in 2010.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat. Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected. 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.

Beginning in 2020, the Senate measure would also limit the federal funds states get each year for Medicaid.

The new bill would phase out Medicaid expansion in the states that participated.

Block grants are not necessarily ideal for care deliverers. Barrasso said the bill was not ideal, and "we will be working to improve on this draft".

Any single-payer system in California would likely rely on federal money for Obamacare, Medi-Cal and the Medicare program for seniors. They should remember they'll be judged on the real world consequences of this legislation-and at this point, we think it's fair to say, they have very little grasp of what those will be. "And the tax credits in the bill will also be better designed".

Thom Tillis of North Carolina said in a statement that any replacement plan must be a net improvement over Obamacare, and he would be "reviewing the draft legislation over the next several days". Subsidies under the bill would help middle-income consumers buy insurance that pays 58 percent of the average patient's medical costs, down from 70 percent under Obamacare; it would also remove a different type of subsidy created to lower deductibles further for Americans earning less than about $30,000 a year.

Heller is facing one of the most hard re-election campaigns next year of any sitting GOP senator.

Of course, that's a simplified analysis, and there are those who make the case that freeing the healthcare industry from the regulations of the ACA will bring costs down for everyone.

No Republican senators definitively said they would vote against the bill, instead focusing attention on the provisions that would need to be changed to earn their vote. The bill preserves numerous structures of Obamacare, but rejects several of its central goals. It goes after women's health care. "This is the definition of a "mean" bill". This means that some types of care, like maternity benefits, prescription drugs or addiction treatment, might not be covered in states that waive the rule. Obamacare is working, they insist.

States could not get exemptions to Obama's prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said.

House GOP bill: Allows states to seek waivers from the benefits requirement.

The California Nurses Association, which supports SB 562, commissioned a study by economists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which found the bill would save Californians $37.5 billion a year because they would no longer pay premiums, deductibles or co-pays. Details of the Senate bill had been kept well under wraps, but efforts have been made for it to be a better version than that approved by the House of Representatives.

Senate GOP bill: Same as House.

OBAMACARE - Requires larger companies to provide affordable insurance to their employees, or face financial penalties.

Today, individuals can save up to $3,400 and families can save up to $6,750 tax free in a Health Savings Account.

He called it "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families" to the very rich that would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections and "ruin Medicaid as we know it".

OBAMACARE - Allows children to stay on their parents' insurance policies until age 26.