Mayor Landrieu Issues Statement on Senate GOP Health Care Bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has yet score the bill, but by some estimates as many as 11 million people who gained coverage under the Medicaid expansion would be booted from the rolls under the Senate plan. GOP moderates like Sen.

"It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America", Obama argued.

Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate lifted the drapes on their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats formed a united front against the controversial measure that was drafted in secret, criticizing it as a "war on Medicaid", the health care program for lower income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives in May. The government pays the rest of the premium. The president said the House bill was mean. He said he was encouraged by parts of the bill, but that more work needed to be done.

Ending Obama's expansion has caused major rifts among GOP senators.

Reforming the ACA is not an easy task, and we recognize that the voters who increased the Republican majority in Congress in 2016 want change. With Trump in the White House, politicians appear more interested in gaining "wins" than actually serving the public in a meaningful way.

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"This bill will result in higher costs, less care and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, particularly through Medicaid", Schumer said.

The Maine lawmaker added that she also couldn't support a bill that made deep cuts to Medicaid while also stating that she does care that funding to Planned Parenthood is being impacted. It is also posted here, on Republican Senator Tom Cotton's website. Unlimited federal dollars now flow to each state for Medicaid, covering all eligible beneficiaries and services.

"Because there are differences between the Senate and House bills, the House will either have to accept the Senate version or a conference committee will have to be formed in order to resolve the disagreements", explained Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern. And companies with more than 50 employees will no longer be required to provide health insurance to their employees.

"The protections around preexisting conditions are still in place in the Senate bill, but the waiver authority gives states options that could include limiting coverage for people with preexisting conditions", says Pearson.

While four Senate conservatives are demanding big changes, just three holdouts would kill the bill. While the Senate would cut off that expanded coverage more gradually than the House would, it still would go. The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets. Without coverage, people will have to pay more for these services. They say the GOP plan would mean fewer people with coverage and higher costs for many. But in a departure from the House's bill, states can't opt of regulations that now prevent insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their medical coverage.

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Ted Cruz of Texas, Kentucky's Rand Paul, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson from Wisconsin.

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