Bernie Sanders calls Senate Obamacare replacement 'worse than expected'

Republican senators rolled out their much-anticipated health care bill Thursday after weeks of secrecy.

In the House bill, cuts to Medicaid - the federal health-care program for the poor, which covers one in five Americans - were deep.

It would also provide more generous tax credits for the purchase of private health insurance for people between zero and 350 percent of the federal poverty level based on income.

The bill was created to be a budget reconciliation instead of new legislation and thus would need only a simple majority of Senate to pass the bill, as opposed to the customary 60-vote majority.

The senators stood next to a sign that quoted President Donald Trump's reported description of the House American Health Care Act as "mean".

He's asking county lawmakers to ensure any Medicaid savings would be used for property tax cuts and road improvements.

Sure enough, an very bad, closed-door process has yielded an bad bill. "It should go back to the people who paid the bill". He says this bill is better designed than the House version because it offers more help to older people who can't afford insurance while making coverage cheaper for young, healthy people. Unless the state steps in with substantially more funding - possibly $30 billion or more by 2027, compared to $24 billion under the House bill - many would lose coverage.

That increased the pressure on Senate Republicans to keep Obamacare's preexisting condition "protection".

The bill, referred to as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, proposes to rework the Affordable Care Act by eliminating the individual insurance mandate, phasing out Medicaid expansion beginning in 2021 and capping Medicaid spending.

ALISON KODJAK, BYLINE: The Senate proposal is broadly similar to the bill passed by House Republicans last month.

"And there are some things that we've said all along that are dialable on this bill that we can hopefully tweak a little bit before it comes to the floor".

Johnson's group of four is critical to Republicans' chances of accomplishing a seven-year-long mission of replacing the law known as Obamacare.

In the coming years, states could also change what are considered essential health benefits like maternity care and chronic-disease management, which insurers now have to cover.

He also chided Democrats for indicating they wouldn't support the Republican-crafted plan.

However, she did let Todd know that while she is expressing severe reservations right now, she will wait until the Congressional Budget Office releases its score of the bill next week.

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