Arizona Medicaid agency says Senate health bill cost $7.1B

Posted June 24, 2017

"This bill...is simply not the answer", Heller said. He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

Senate Republicans unveiled a bill earlier on Thursday in a step forward to fulfil their seven-year-long promise to replace the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation that was considered the centrepiece of Obama's legacy and coined "Obamacare".

The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program. She said there's still a need for some sort of rule created to push healthy people to buy insurance, to replace Obamacare's individual mandate -which would be eliminated under the Senate proposal.

As pointed out by several outlets, if the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) - better known as Obamacare - was an attempt to ensure that the wealthy pay more for healthcare and the poor pay far less, the AHCA was an attempt to reverse that, and then some.

Senator Paul is one of the reasons the GOP does not have the votes to push this through right now.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said. With the Congressional Budget Office unable to release its analysis of any GOP plan until next week, there might be only a handful of days between publication of the official scorekeepers' estimates of what the bill would do to Americans' health care and the Senate vote. The rollback of the expansion of Medicaid, the government insurance program for low income Americans was particularly seen as a positive move.

The bill also scales back federal funding for Medicaid - which is more than half the spending for the program at the state level.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has an impossible task, which is why he is very likely to fail. The proposed bill will take Louisiana back to the days when an ear infection meant a mother loses her job because she waited hours in an emergency room with her sick child. It also makes cuts to Medicaid payments and keeps some protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

The elderly will be paying up to five times more for health insurance than younger, healthier people. Media reports indicate that President Trump called the House version of the bill, "mean" and he asked the Senate to draft a nicer version.

Second, the Senate bill starts from the appalling House draft.