Senate Healthcare Bill Makes Major Cuts to Medicaid

Posted June 26, 2017

"We're trying to hold him back a little bit", Cornyn said with a smile. That's Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. "That means that my daughter will max out in a year or two, or even quicker for all we know", she said. Julie, thank you so much for joining us. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) all came out in opposition of the draft bill released Thursday.

But Trump didn't articulate what improvements he wanted to see in the Senate bill, even as the comment ruffled feathers in the House. "County after county are left with no choices, rising premiums skyrocketing deductibles". They can test Democrats' promise to work constructively across the aisle.

This week's expected Senate vote on the Republican plan to alter Obamacare has ignited a debate about who will gain or lose from it. Democrats point to the fact that the GOP bill is so far more unpopular than Obamacare - 48 percent in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll say it's a bad idea, versus 38 percent who think the same of Obamacare.

Levin believes, as I do, that "the cause of good policy (almost regardless of your priorities in health care) would be better served by a repeal and replacement, with appropriate transition measures, than by [the] sort of tinkering" proposed by both the Senate and the House. The bill also comes does come with some notable differences like offering more financial assistance to some lower-income people.

"Most people who still have access to it can't afford it", said Spicer. Those are exactly the people the Republicans have been complaining about.

MARTIN: This is also a longtime goal, mainly Republicans but also some Democrats, to kind of rein in this very significant entitlement program. In fact, a effect of the House-passed bill could mean some people losing private-paid insurance.

In addition, it calls for extra federal funding to be awarded to states for addiction and mental health treatment, services covered by Medicaid. It covers whatever people are eligible - for basically whatever they need medically. He said the vote is "going to be close" and President Donald Trump is "going to be important in the process". "These bills aren't going to fix the problem". So it would basically erode the ability of states to pay for their Medicaid programs. We're already seeing governors complain. They could raise taxes. (He did tell The New York Times he was encouraged by the bill's cuts to Medicaid funding.) He pledged to work through the holiday recess if necessary. That's pretty much the options that would be on the table for states, and none of them are very pretty financially. Cassidy is right in that credits under the Senate are more generous than the House, which is based exclusively on age.

In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

Now, facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care, Trump and his team are opting for a hands-off approach on legislation to dismantle the "Obamacare" law, instead putting their faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deliver a legacy-defining victory. "For these reasons, we encourage Colorado's senators to take the time to understand the implications of the health care bill as now written before voting".

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget.

Levin examines (1) the tax credits in the Senate bill, (2) its reform of Medicaid, (3) its effort to give states regulatory flexibility and control over the individual insurance market, and (4) its prospect of passing muster under "reconciliation". But whichever direction they move the bill, they're likely to lose votes at the other side. If they make it better for conservatives, the moderates will peel off. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen.

MARTIN: That's Julie Rovner.

A news release from Cassidy Thursday morning praised the bill for including aspects of his own Patient Freedom Act, including the elimination of the mandate for employers of a certain size to offer health insurance.

"We don't have enough information".