Fate uncertain for Republican health bill

Republicans in the Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare.

Barack Obama has blasted the Republican Party's new healthcare bill as "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America".

The Reform movement sharply criticized the proposed measure as "deeply harmful". What we do know is that, in Louisiana, the bill would kill the expansion of Medicaid that has brought health care to more than 425,000 residents-with 51,000 of those people living right here in New Orleans.

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"In the Jewish "Mi Sheberach" prayer for the ill, we ask for the Holy One to be filled with compassion for the sick and to swiftly provide a complete renewal of body and spirit".

Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a member of leadership, said leaders would talk to the four senators about what would get them to yes. The stark reality remains that if we do nothing, Obamacare will fail, and Americans will suffer.

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Obama wrote that he realized the flaws in the Affordable Care Act, his administration's signature legislation, and Republicans' interest in repealing it, but denounced any support for the health care bill laid out by Senate Republicans. So the clock is ticking, negotiations are starting, and millions of Americans are still waiting to see what will happen with their health care. The bill has not yet been scored by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on its possible effects. He said Thursday: "I have made clear that I want to make sure the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion".

Second, both bills prohibit the individual tax subsidies mentioned above from paying for insurance plans that cover abortion procedures (whether the insured gets the procedure or not). The additional funds would continue through 2020, and be gradually reduced until they are entirely eliminated in 2024.

That means Georgia lawmakers could have to decide whether to spend more taxpayer money on healthcare, or cut services, he said. The House bill would have let states waive these protections, and allow insurers to charge people more based on their health conditions. The legislation keeps the House's plan to defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

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The legislation also reshapes subsidies to low-income people for private insurance. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty as a reason they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.

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