Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

Opinions on the GOP plan fell predictably along largely partisan lines, but the far-reaching bill - initially billed as less intense than its House equivalent - has raised concerns even among some Senate Republicans. 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.

"Congress has a responsibility to resolve these issues and stabilize the individual insurance market, and over the next several days, I will take time to fully review the legislative text and seek input from a wide range of stakeholders across our state", Corker said in a statement.

"America can not be strong if she is not healthy".

Medical coverage for multiple conditions - including maternity care and mental health - would not be required after 2019, with states having control regarding what is covered.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that similar policies in the Bill passed by the House would cut more than US$800 billion from the programme over a decade. He and others said the measure would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama coverage requirements that some people find onerous. It goes after women's health care. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers. When Trump stupidly referred to the House bill as "mean", he was nearly certainly referring to the provision in that measure that lets insurers charge higher premiums to those with preexisting conditions in states that have received a waiver from the federal government.

"Our analysis shows that the bill will cut more than $400 million federal dollars a year from our state Medicaid program", she said in a statement. That language could be forced out of the bill for procedural reasons, which would threaten support from conservatives, but Republicans would seek other ways to retain the restriction.

The senator said he would make his final decision based on whether the legislation is better than what is in place today.

Under Senate Republicans' plan, the government would no longer penalize Americans for failing to have health insurance.

Toomey, who sat on the working group that planned the bill, said he would "thoroughly examine" it on Thursday.

Under Obamacare, insurance companies were banned from refusing to insure people with "pre-existing conditions", which could include domestic violence, sexual assault, and having a Cesarean section.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week. The House's bill factors in age, but not income, when determining how much financial assistance to provide people. But it would also potentially increase turbulence in the health insurance market by allowing healthy customers to pull out and leave only sicker and older customers with coverage plans. The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026. That focuses financial assistance on people with lower incomes. Obamacare now lets insurers charge older people only three times more.

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