Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

What Trump has to say about latest Obamacare repeal bill

What Trump has to say about latest Obamacare repeal bill

His stand follows recent reports of his shift from "bomb thrower" to consensus builder on health care, a reference to his 2013 efforts with Cruz to stop funding for Obamacare that resulted in a costly federal government shutdown. "More generous plans that meet the needs of sicker individuals may still be available but could become too expensive even for the highest-risk individuals".

Some of the revisions in this version of the bill include: maintaining some Obamacare taxes for the wealthy, allowing people to pay for insurance with pre-tax money and providing financial support to help low-income people purchase healthcare.

"The Republican plans will offer instead tax credits based on a person's age". Yet seen through another lens, Kentucky has been one of the states to benefit most from the federal health care law, thanks mostly to expanded Medicaid that was pushed by the previous governor, a Democrat.

Lee and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had been working together on what they called the Consumer Freedom Amendment, meant to allow health insurers to offer some limited, lower-cost plans that don't comply with Obamacare requirements. But that amendment could turn off moderates. "I worked as an RN all my life, but one ailment knocked me", Ball said. "Unfortunately we don't have the votes". John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom had criticized the bill in recent days.

A new U.S. Senate version of a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act retains major cuts to Medicaid and will not ease pressure on Arizona's senators to oppose the measure. He said he'd need time to study whether "it does enough to lower health insurance premiums for middle-class families". John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate leadership. "Everybody's asking questions and those are being answered and discussed and points being raised, and I think that's going to continue for a while".

Ted Cruz noticed a glaringly biased tweet from CNN Thursday - and he let everybody know about it.

The latest version of the proposal is similar to the first bill aimed at replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law; Medicaid expansion would begin being scaled back in 2021. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, whose states have been particularly hard-hit by the epidemic. Paul is conservative. Collins is moderate. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also had fundamental concerns with the original bill. "What a shame", he wrote for the far-right website Breitbart.

Other lawmakers, mostly centrists like Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who is a physician.

Prior to the changes, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the initial Senate Republican plan would cut Medicaid spending by $772 billion over 10 years.

The changes were made in an attempt to appease both moderate and conservative Republican members, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to vote on the bill as early as next week.

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