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GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill

20 June 2017

The governors implore the leaders to focus on stabilizing the individual insurance markets, give states flexibility and ensure affordable cover.

The GOP-controlled Senate is divided over dismantling and replacing major provisions of former President Barack Obama's 2010 law. Last week, a coalition of medical and consumer groups held an event in Cleveland that was billed as the first of a series of gatherings to speak out against a bill that passed the GOP-controlled House and the direction that Republican senators appear to be heading.

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, among the letter's signers, questioned Trump's position in light of his conflicting statements.

The group's 30-second ad, which features a financial adviser speaking to a couple older than 50, says the House bill imposes an "age tax" and allows insurers to charge "thousands more" for people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma. "Where we stand is that the bill the House passed simply won't work".

You are undermining public trust and ignoring the two-thirds of Americans who disapproved of the House AHCA bill. But under Senate rules, the bill must save $133 billion - the exact same as the House measure - which leaves Trump and Senate Republicans with little flexibility on spending.

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The Republican-controlled House voted 67-22 to substitute its plan to broaden the sales tax to cellphone service and digital products but leave the tax rate at 6 percent.

The measure, which has already cleared the House of Representatives, is now before the Senate.

A select group of Republican Senators has been working in secret to finalize the bill that would replace Obamacare. Democrats John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania added their names.

Options open to the Democrats include using parliamentary moves to prevent committees from meeting for longer than two hours, which would make it hard for Republicans to schedule votes on even routine matters, CNN said.

The Affordable Care Act overhaul bill passed by the House in May, which has helped guide the Senate discussions, would cut federal health care assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans by almost $1 trillion and increase the number of uninsured by 23 million over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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While Schumer's letter does not say Democrats are now open to repealing Obamacare, Popp argued that the letter's premise of wanting to meet suggests that Democrats have dropped the precondition.

In all, more than 14 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the expansion.

The House bill would scrap Obamacare coverage in favor of tax credits meant to help citizens pay for their health care.

As a result, they're considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing government programs that bar the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, according to sources familiar with the policy discussions.

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