Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

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"Heartless! Now we know why Senate Republicans have done everything they can to hide the contents of their health care repeal bill from the American people".

Through the ACA, Obama notes, more than 90 percent of Americans have health insurance.

The massive influx of money would have at least partially helped make up for the Senate's proposed rollback of Medicaid, which pays for roughly half of addiction treatment in many states. The Senate version would cover 58 percent of those costs. Simply put, Trumpcare is the worst bill for women's health in a generation, and it must be stopped. Medicaid pays for long term care in nursing homes, for example, something Medicare does not cover.

Also, as in the House bill, it would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

"As now drafted, this bill draft does not do almost enough to lower premiums", Cruz said in a separate statement obtained by CNN's Dana Bash. Places a per-person limit on future federal contributions, starting in 2020. Higher payments would be provided through 2023.

ABC News also reported that as the GOP bill was being released Thursday morning there was a "large protest gathered outside McConnell's office, with people in wheelchairs staging a 'die-in, ' and protesters chanting that no changes be made to Medicaid". Uses a less generous inflation adjustment than House bill. If he signs this bill, or the House bill, it will represent one of the biggest broken promises of his presidency.

The Senate's proposal allows states substantial freedom in determining their own health care programs - even more freedom than the House bill allows for. The Senate plan would allow people with no income at all to be eligible for them. They're going to send costs soaring. But the benchmark for subsidies would be a bare-bones "bronze" plan.

Obama law: Insurers can not charge their oldest customers more than 3 times what they charge young adults.

OBAMACARE Bans insurers selling policies to directly to individuals from charging their oldest customers more than three times what they charge their youngest ones.

The Senate version of the bill does not repeal several parts of Obamacare, including costly insurance regulations that are driving up the cost of premiums and deductibles.

House GOP bill: Repeals coverage mandates immediately. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean.

A better plan is possible, Obama concluded.

The Senate draft won't let states waive that requirement-a much "nicer" measure for anyone with preexisting conditions.

Senate GOP bill: Also provides a pathway for states to seek benefit waivers. But when you completely exclude patient organizations from the conversations, "you're more likely to get it wrong", she said.

House GOP bill: No additional money for the opioid epidemic. In Pennsylvania, 2.8 million people are covered by Medicaid, the joint federal-state medical care program. Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman had sought $45 billion over 10 years.

So, how to stop people from buying coverage only when they're sick?

Appearing on the Senate floor shortly after the draft's text went online, McConnell listed some general Republican policy goals such as eliminating mandates, cutting taxes, and strengthening affordability.

"The Senate Republican bill is a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans; the top one tenth of the one percent would receive thousands upon thousands of annual tax cuts while some individuals with disabilities lose coverage". However, they must collect a separate premium, strictly segregated from taxpayer funds. The draft measure includes language that would prohibit tax credits from going toward abortion coverage.

The bill does offer insurance subsidies to poor Americans who live in states that don't offer them Medicaid coverage, a group without good insurance options under Obamacare.

The Senate legislation drew support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said it would "stabilize crumbling insurance markets" and curb premium increases. Such changes would make plans cheaper, though they could lead to higher out-of-pocket expenses for consumers.

Some advocates for the recovery community suggested the proposal for $45 billion in funding overlooked the complicated spiral in health issues that can be brought on by addiction.

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