Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

There were no assurances that moderates and conservatives will be able to bridge their differences.

Additional changes include ending by 2020 the cost-sharing payments that help insurers (President Donald Trump might do that sooner anyway) but creating a state "stability" program that helps states and insurers with the cost of covering patients with high medical costs.

The Senate bill would protect people with pre-existing conditions, but like the bill passed by the House, it would allow states to opt out of the ACA requirements that plans cover essential health benefits, like emergency services and preventive care, including screening tests.

And in a Facebook post, Obama said: "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill". He said he doubted Democrats would help.

Let's begin with one of the party's two great goals, one that extends beyond this bill to other issues like taxes and regulation. The House bill did the same, but beginning in 2025, the Senate bill will use a different funding formula that slows spending growth even more than the House bill. But, starting in 2025, the Senate would cut all of Medicaid more deeply than the House.

She also released a video slamming the proposal, saying it would benefit the wealthy and health insurance company CEOs with tax breaks that would come from cuts to Medicaid.

To Senate leadership, this is about their politics.

Virginia legislative budget leaders had a rapid response to a new health care plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate - please don't do what you just did. Only, this Wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill. The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets.

For those who believe the government is too involved in health care, the Senate bill stands as an overdue course correction. More than half a dozen GOP senators have expressed problems with the measure, and a defeat would be a humiliating setback for Trump and McConnell on one of their party's top priorities. Protesters were physically removed by Capitol Police officers.

The ACA, while not ideal, removed some of the nightmares in USA health care. Health insurers also traded broadly higher, with large players Aetna (AET.N) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N) each up more than 1 percent. So the deep cuts to Medicaid funding are our primary concern. Like the House bill, the Senate plan would repeal or delay many of those tax boosts.

That criticism comes as senators gear up to debate the bill in the coming days. That's what Republicans in the Senate did this week when they released their version of a health-care bill.

Unlike the House version, the Senate bill keeps Obamacare's subsidy system, albeit at lower levels.

MITCH MCCONNELL: We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates, and policies contained in the discussion draft will repeal the individual mandate so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford. Trump made Obamacare repeal a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign.

The Republican healthcare bill would be used as a tool to move wealth from working Americans to the rich, Obama said on Thursday.

MCEVERS: In the Senate bill, the rollback of the Medicaid expansion is more gradual than what it is in the House bill. "It would increase costs, cut coverage, weaken protections for our most vulnerable people and cost OH good-paying jobs at hospitals". Only 13 percent said it would improve healthcare quality.

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