Republican senator says Republican health care bill is too Republican
Jun 25 2017 by Kristina Bennett
Sen. Johnson also said Friday he believes the replacement for the Affordable Care Act should allow people to buy cheaper insurance plans that both cost and cover less.
Republicans held 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, which means it can not afford losing more than three of its votes.
In the same tweet, Clinton linked to a story by the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute. Despite promises to the contrary, it will leave millions of people without health coverage, and others with only bare-bones plans that will be insufficient to properly address their needs. "Cassidy's public statements have raised the most concerns and objections about the bill that passed the House and he's been very clear in saying that he wants a bill that preserves coverage", Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, said Friday.
Hoff, who studies healthcare implementation, noted that the Senate measure is a "bit softer" than the House bill.
Although few Republicans have strongly supported the bill as it stands, they say it's a start. The plan would repeal Obamacaretaxes, restructure subsidies to insurance customers that are based on their incomes and phase out Medicaid's expansion program. It would erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped Obama's law expand coverage by roughly 20 million Americans.
Appearing next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, Heller announced his opposition to the legislation, highlighting the Better Care Act's proposed substantial cuts to Medicaid.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is expected to bring the healthcare bill to a vote next week. The bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance, while offering states the ability to drop numerous benefits required by the ACA. But he said "it's going to be very hard to get me to a "yes" on the bill.
According to Zwillich, the changes to the tax credits would not go into effect until 2020.
Today, Medicaid pays for all the care people need, and state and federal governments share the cost.
The House approved its version of the bill last month. I think they saw that when the Democrats tried to write a big health care bill just with Democrats it didn't end up being a good policy.
To get a better sense of what that would mean on a state-by-state basis - and who might be hardest-hit by a rollback - we charted out some of the key aspects of Medicaid and the expansion under the ACA.
"If you have low-priced insurance, you go back to what you had before the Affordable Care Act, where you have plans that have all sorts of exclusions from coverage or you have to pay an extra amount", Giaimo said.
He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids.