Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Gillibrand urges Senate GOP to reject 'cruel' health care plan

Gillibrand urges Senate GOP to reject 'cruel' health care plan

"Under this bill, no matter what, you can not be denied coverage if you have a preexisting condition", Ryan said. "People expect their elected leaders, if they run and campaign on doing something, they expect them to do that".

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump to nominate two energy regulators More than one-third of Americans oppose GOP healthcare bill What moderate GOP senators want in ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday signaled that the upper chamber would take its time on legislation for reforming the USA healthcare system". Ryan argued that "we would spell disaster for ourselves, politically. if we go back on our word".

Republican senators plan to write a health care bill that could be radically different from the one passed last week by the House, according to a Bloomberg report.

"It is an impossible thing to do, and my job and the MA delegation's job is to make their job even tougher", Markey added at the Boston office of Health Care for All, an advocacy group.

"So much discretion is given to the states without any guardrails", Collins said. Although the current bill was approved before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could review the measure, Gillibrand cited a study the office issued in March that indicated 24 million Americans would lose their health coverage over the next decade under an earlier version of the bill that was never voted on.

"We're going to draft our own bill and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right", she said.

"Speaker Ryan today said that he hoped that the Senate would improve the House bill", Collins said. "ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead!"

"Republican senators will not let the American people down!" he tweeted from his home in central New Jersey, where he spent a long weekend.

Yet the bill eliminates two taxes on high-earning individuals who make more than $200,000 annually or couples earning more than $250,000.

Collins, a moderate, said one of the major goals is to ensure that people with pre-existing medical conditions continue to have the same or better coverage. Some Senate Republicans, including Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, object to cutting $880 billion from Medicaid. The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people.

The bill would lead to major cuts to the Medicaid program, which funds care for the poor and disabled.

Collins and Ryan appeared on ABC's "This Week" and Priebus was on "Fox News Sunday".

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