Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Pediatricians Concerned Health Bill Would Reduce Kid's Care

Pediatricians Concerned Health Bill Would Reduce Kid's Care

Senator McConnell said the White House was anxious to help write legislation that could pass the Senate.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said there will be a lot of pressure on the Republican Senator to vote for the bill.

In Wisconsin, 492,000 children get health care through Medicaid, said Dr. Jeffery Britton, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Walsh noted that Heller called for the repeal of Obamacare in 2012 and said the political action committee plans to allot over $1 million toward attacking the Republican senator, who is up for reelection in 2018.

"We're not quite there, but I think we've got a really good chance of getting there", he added. Roberts said the bill also protects senior citizens and does not touch Medicare.

And it provides hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to insurers and the wealthy, while allowing states to drop now mandated benefits such as maternity care and hospital services, according to CBO.

"It's hard to see how tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental concerns about the bill", Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, told reporters.

Since the delay was announced on Tuesday morning, Cassidy attended a GOP members luncheon and the late afternoon meeting at the White House.

After the delay was announced, Democrats Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans "cannot excise the rotten core" of the bill.

In both the House and Senate, divides have emerged between moderate Republicans who want to preserve the federal safety net for health care and ultraconservatives who want to reduce it.

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that if the Republican bill was enacted, 22 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage over the coming decade and that some Americans would have to pay more for the same level of coverage they now possess. To me, Moran is a canary in the coal mine for broader GOP concerns about the details of their health care bill. "But we will now ask you to leave".

Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mike Lee (Utah) opposed the bill early on, complaining that the overhaul isn't the two-part repeal and replace process long promised to GOP voters. While removing health coverage from 20 plus million Americans, it funds an $800 billion tax cut, including retroactive payments, for millionaires. "Americans need to know @SenDeanHeller is blocking the #RepealAndReplace of FAILING Obamacare!"

The Senate plan would end the tax penalty that law imposes on people who don't buy insurance, in effect erasing Obama's so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told reporters, "The hope is that we can at least have an agreement on what we can get enough votes on this week and turn to it as soon as we come back" from July 4 recess.

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