How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

While he acknowledged getting rid of large parts of the Affordable Care Act is one of the Republicans' key goals, Obama refused to even call their latest bill a "health care bill".

Former President Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is the target of GOP repeal efforts, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that the Republican plan "is not a health care bill". Though the bill keeps the hotly debated taxpayer subsidies in place for those who purchase an insurance plan through the Obamacare marketplace, it changes the criteria that determines whether an enrollee is eligible for a subsidy. Those who feel the bill doesn't go far enough - including Kentucky's Rand Paul, Utah's Mike Lee, Wisconsin's Ron Johnson, and Ted Cruz of Texas - surely care about passing something, and the rest of the Republicans will likely give them what they need to vote yes. Asked how those sorts of people would have more access if the measure would result in Medicaid cuts, Scott offered a complete mischaracterization of the bill.

"It appears that the proposed bill will dramatically reduce coverage and will negatively impact our future state budgets", he said in an emailed statement. "I will do everything in my power to stop this devastating Trumpcare bill from ever becoming law, and I urge all Granite Staters to continue telling your stories and making your voices heard about how harmful this bill would be for you". "Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives". The House of Representatives' initial bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had to be pulled before ever reaching the floor due to lack of support, particularly from the House Freedom Caucus. I'm tempted to say that it's rare for any bill to have promised so much harm; I'm sure the bill's advocates would disagree, but it's hard to see how that isn't the case.

Democrats have assailed the House bill for opening up the possibility that Americans with pre-existing conditions who don't now have coverage might be denied health insurance or charged exorbitant rates.

It would also allow states to opt out of some standards of coverage established under the current health care law.

Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now.

"The bill includes some money to boost community health centers as an alternative, but many of those centers don't have the trained professionals who can provide long-acting contraceptives and ongoing health-care services that many women need", says Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president of ACOG.

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released a video discussing the Senate Republican health care bill.

And they would bar people from using tax credits to buy policies that pay for abortion, and also block Planned Parenthood from getting any money from Medicaid for a year. "Obamacare isn't working by almost any measure". "We're going to find a plan that will stop that loss of coverage or come up with options for people".

That's why Obamacare penalized people for not having coverage.

Trying to keep the expansion without added federal help could blow a hole in state budgets. President Donald Trump called the House bill "mean" in a private setting.

Senate GOP bill: Tax cuts very similar to House bill, though some would be delayed.

"We're going to pay for it one way or another; there are no free lunches", she said in an interview with The Associated Press. It would maintain Obamacare's ban on allowing insurers to charge higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions.

Democrats have sharply criticized both versions as a giveaway to the wealthy that would leave millions without health insurance.

"The bottom line is, I'm pretty dang certain that there'll be more uninsured simply beause there's less money - as I understand the bill right now", Custer said.

"You should be anxious about trying to regain your life and get better, not about access to the health care system when you need it most", Maloney said.