Menendez: Senate health care bill 'devastating' for NJ Medicaid recipients

Trump, who said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart", told reporters at the White House that healthcare legislation would require "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". "Remember, ObamaCare is dead". "Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives". It would be bad for Florida and the nation, and the Senate would be foolish to rush to vote next week on such a cynical, flawed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

Trump's role is expected to become more pronounced in coming days as the vote nears.

Yesterday, shortly after the release of the Senate bill, he tweeted, "It's the ugly step-sibling of the House bill". "If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party".

Andy Slavitt was in charge of running the federal agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act from 2015 to 2017.

Sandoval specifically pointed to people who were making a little more than $16,000 per year. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

Appearing next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, Heller announced his opposition to the legislation, highlighting the Better Care Act's proposed substantial cuts to Medicaid. States also could kill annual and lifetime limits on out-of-pocket expenses. And many need care; 61% had a pre-existing condition in 2015.

This legislation is full of mixed messages.

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Lynch said the shift in Medicaid funding - from 50-50 state and federal funding to roughly 70 percent funded by states - will be particularly devastating to states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in recent years, including MA, saying: "Medicaid expansion, that'll kill MA". Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. The bill's cap on Medicaid costs also would allow that expense to rise with inflation, more slowly than the program's historical growth rate.

Groups representing doctors and hospitals are overwhelmingly opposed to the Republican approach, because it's likely to result in millions more uninsured people. This would be a disaster in a state like Florida that has been miserly for years.

The Trumpcare Toolkit site specifically lists the senators' Capitol Hill phone numbers, although in the event you finish calling all of them, it might be worth putting in some calls to their state offices, too.

The focus on Medicaid could make amending the bill in a way that pleases enough Republicans hard.

American Lung Association national president and CEO Harold P. Wimmer said the bill falls "woefully short of providing health care for the 32 million Americans living with lung disease", and that it should be rejected. But it has provided health coverage to more than 1.7 million Floridians and helped thousands more get Medicaid coverage they already were eligible to receive.

Both the House and Senate bills would keep subsidies for private insurance, although with considerably less money. Under Obama's ACA, those credits are indexed to income, and they're especially large for the pre-Medicare elderly.

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