Senate Health Bill Would Revamp Medicaid, Alter ACA Guarantees, Cut Premium Support

Posted June 25, 2017

Report is expected early next week.

"The Medicaid cuts are the part of the Senate bill that probably give us the most heartburn", Moller said. But the end may be in sight: Sen McConnell has said he could call for a vote on the bill next week.

— McConnell has the option of offering the final amendment, which could contain changes aimed at placating GOP holdouts.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the bill at a closed-door session with party faithful. "In this form, I will not support it".

A Republican senator up for re-election next year just got some bad news about the Senate GOP health care bill. People could tap newly created federal tax credits. If the four senators - Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mike Lee, R- Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky. - join Democratic senators in opposing the bill, it will be defeated.

On Twitter, Kennedy said: "I'll be reading through the Senate health care bill this weekend". The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting Iowans would not be losing Medicaid coverage even as the Senate GOP health care bill would phase out financing to expand the low-income insurance program.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said the new bill was "heartless", warning it would eventually cut Medicaid even more steeply than the House legislation, which slashes it by $800 billion over a decade. He said he wouldn't vote for a bill that that "takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans", which is sort of the bread-and-butter of Republican health policy. Moderates including Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have expressed concern that the measure would cause many to lose coverage.

Mr Obama also wrote that politics could not get in the way of the "compromise" needed between Republicans and Democrats in order to not "put the American people through [the] pain" of being excluded from benefits while pregnant or sick, expensive bills, or high deductibles "while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return". Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week.

Molina Healthcare Inc, which has more than 1 million customers in Obamacare plans, said in a statement that dropping the individual mandate with no replacement provision will lead healthy people to forgo coverage and thus drive up premium rates. Thursday, he tweeted his support for the Senate bill.

On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to leave Medicaid alone. The expansion also brought more elderly and disabled in nursing homes under the Medicaid umbrella.