CBO Says Senate Healthcare Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured

CBO Says Senate Healthcare Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured

CBO Says Senate Healthcare Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured

What's more, it may only be the beginning when it comes to coverage losses, if the Senate version of the bill becomes law.

Senator Susan Collins of ME tweeted after the Congressional Budget Office analysis on Monday that the Senate bill won't fix the flaws in the current bill. Employer-based coverage is considered the backbone of the current system, and it's a frequent subject for Republican rhetoric that dictates if people want insurance, they should get a job.

Its unveiling has been greeted less than enthusiastically in the closely-held Republican Senate where at least three Republicans have voiced opposition to the plan, and another caucus member is skeptical of the plan.

Among them is Wisconsin Sen.

The projected boost in uninsured people fed concerns by moderate Republican lawmakers that the Senate measure, annulling parts of Obama's 2010 overhaul, was too drastic.

One of the things that he's telling them is, look; every Republican has promised for seven years to repeal Obamacare. "It is far from a flawless bill", Johnson told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday. He says the leadership effort is "a little offensive" and says conservatives haven't had input into the proposal.

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The Congressional Budget Office's official "score" of the Senate GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act came out this afternoon, and it contained largely bad news for the bill's sponsors - though with some significant opportunities for improvements before the bill actually hits the Senate floor.

The CBO also weighed in on what will happen to health insurance premiums. She's a moderate senator from Maine. "We need this bill because the insurance companies are going to walk away". Thus, rather than the 60 votes generally needed to invoke cloture, this bill would only need a simple majority to pass through the Senate. "All they do is delay and complain.They own ObamaCare!"

Democrats roundly criticized the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law, and the... "Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!"

McConnell has said he's willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of backroom bargaining is expected. He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess. The House approved its version of the legislation in May. Included in the number are 15 million who would lose coverage from Medicaid.

It would also phase out extra federal money that law is providing to 31 states to expand Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

A nonpartisan group representing Republican and Democratic state officials who administer Medicaid programs says the GOP health care legislation advancing toward a Senate vote will not work. And the White House immediately issued a statement attacking the CBO, saying it's proven that in the past that it's incapable of predicting insurance coverage. "This is big stuff, and so making sure that we get it right is something that I have said is an imperative".

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"Both bills are mean-spirited and cruel", Beckmann said.

To put that all together, low-income Americans will either pay substantially more for the same care they have now - or pay the same amount for coverage that is significantly less generous.

They have only a 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., responds to the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

As he did during the House negotiations, Mr Trump has personally pushed for a Senate bill, calling fellow Republicans to mobilise support.

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

He said they had "at best, a 50-50 chance".

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