GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

Schumer Tax cut may derail debt-ceiling increase

Schumer Tax cut may derail debt-ceiling increase

McConnell has vowed to hold a vote before senators go home for the July Fourth recess, but he is still seeking the 50 votes necessary to pass the major legislation under arcane budget rules.

It's unclear how Democrats will respond next week, but Schumer said Republicans should expect a fight. "We'll know if it's a boy or girl tomorrow about 9:30", Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Thursday.

McConnell announced a discussion draft would be laid out on Thursday.

Some Republicans have expressed frustration with the process. "I'd find it hard to believe we'll have enough time", he said, adding that if he did not get enough information, "I won't be voting yes".

Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she had "no idea" if she'd back the legislation until she sees the language. "I'm most eager to entertain them then".

"It's about the people of MI not knowing", she said.

The draft shows that the Senate plans to cut Medicaid spending much more than the House version proposed. That might satisfy Republican senators from states that expanded their programs, but conservatives have wanted to halt the extra expenditures quickly.

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"I don't know where they're going to come out on that", Sen. The ultimate effect on the number of people who are uninsured will be the same.

The bill would make cost-sharing subsidies that now help low-income Obamacare customers pay for their out-of-pocket health expenses subject to an annual vote by Congress, requiring a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

Aides and lobbyists said they expected the GOP bill to provide health care tax credits linked to people's incomes, not their ages like the House-passed measure, and impose spending limits on the growth of the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor that would tighten further by the mid-2020s. The Senate is trying to correct that. The bill would reportedly make anyone earning up to 350% of the poverty level eligible for credits, a slightly lower level than Obamacare.

The federal government pays states more to cover low-income adults under Medicaid expansion than it gives them to cover traditional enrollees, including children, the elderly and disabled Americans.

Opioid Funding: Another concern about cutting Medicaid funding is that treatment for opioid addition would lose funding. "The insurance companies make $15 billion a year in profit". Lisa Murkowski as our only hope for protecting Alaskans and our access to quality, affordable health care. Since amendments are unlimited on a bill like this, one activist has even called on Democrats to introduce 40,000 amendments to keep the Senate on the bill through the 2018 midterms. Both are seen as potential "no" votes on the bill. That means the bill could come to a vote next week. Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wanted to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision. These members have various concerns but one similar thread is the threat of drastic cuts to Medicaid.

Conservative Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he had not yet seen the Senate bill. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, however, presented a different view of the bill. That's a change from the House bill, which drew criticism from health policy experts who said a repeal of community rating would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more.

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