Senate Health Bill: Dayton Disabilities Advocates Raise Alarms Over Medicaid Cuts


Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

"The president said the House bill was mean".

"The sicker you are, the more you have to pay, the older you are, the more you have to pay, the poorer you are, the more you have to pay", said Dr. Seth Foldy, former Milwaukee health commissioner.

Senate Republicans on Thursday morning released a draft of their secretive Obamacare replacement bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017".

Heller said he can't support a bill "that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans". They also say the draft legislation does not do enough to lower health care premiums.

After hospital, doctors and advocacy groups lambasted the proposal released Thursday, the health insurance industry's main Washington lobby said it's concerned about its impact on states' finances and low-income Americans. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party", he wrote. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah). What we do know is that, in Louisiana, the bill would kill the expansion of Medicaid that has brought health care to more than 425,000 residents-with 51,000 of those people living right here in New Orleans.

"The Medicaid cuts are even more draconian that the House bill was, though they take effect more gradually than the House bill did", Pearson says. "The American people are calling out for relief, and my administration is determined to provide it". And that's precisely what the Senate bill did!

Republicans held 52 seats in the 100-member chamber, which means it can not afford losing more than three of its votes.

In addition to Heller, Republicans expected to offer some pushback against the Senate bill include Maine's Susan Collins and Ohio's Rob Portman. Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill".

Both bills would eliminate most of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover. Sandoval also asked if it's "really realistic" for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility. Seventy-four percent of those polled, meanwhile, said they have a favorable opinion of Medicaid.