Johnson: Senate bill doesn't address health care costs

Posted June 25, 2017

The Senate health-care bill will be up for debate and amendment, and could be improved. Most GOP senators were keeping a low profile ahead of that report, perhaps holding out hope that the increase in the ranks of the uninsured wouldn't compare to the 23 million figure CBO attached to the TrumpCare bill that squeaked through the House. He said it only benefits millionaires.

The Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is in trouble after a fifth Republican senator came out against it. Elaine Rodriguez spoke for many parents saying her disabled daughter, Leandra, depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.

Trump has consistently made dramatic promises about health care - including that he would sign into law a bill to provide "insurance for everybody" and that he would not sign off on cuts to programs like Medicaid - that Republican legislators have not achieved in their Obamacare repeal effort.

"As we estimate the cost of the subsidies to buy insurance, we actually believe they may exceed, or at least equal, the subsidies that are under Obamacare", said Paul.

The bill would phase out the expansion of Medicaid more gradually than did the House's version, but the program would see larger cuts in the long run under the Senate's plan.

The measure largely uses people's incomes as the yardstick for helping those without workplace coverage to buy private insurance.

- Restricts subsidies that help lower-income families afford premiums. The Republican-majority House passed a similar version of health care legislation last month.

"I want to get to yes, and the way to get to yes is to fix the underlying problems". Johnson said. "I'm making a lot of calls [Friday, Saturday], Sunday reviewing the bill, I just think I'll need more time to do the due diligence to make an informed vote in getting the yes".

Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, approved of the Planned Parenthood language but added that "the reality is that necessary pro-life protections in this bill will be stripped by the Senate parliamentarian, as we have now publicly heard from two senators". Here's what you need to know before you go. He's the associate state director of AARP Arizona. "It's going to throw millions of people off the insured roles, it's going to gut the Medicaid program", said McCaskill. Maria Sanchez gets treatment for drug addiction through Medicaid.

"We are working closely with our pro-life allies in the Senate to prevent this from happening, as it could result in our opposition".

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor.