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United States senators worry about rush over healthcare bill ahead of release

22 June 2017

"They're ashamed of a bill that's so mean". Starting in 2020, the Senate version would begin shifting increasing amounts of tax credits away from higher earners, making more funds available to lower-income recipients, some officials said.

It cuts all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The letter was signed by 28 members of the Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus of House Republicans with more than 150 members.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't see a problem.

Today Senate Republicans are expected to reveal their replacement for Obamacare. On Monday, Democrats held the Senate floor and gave a series of speeches slamming the process and the bill. The Senate proposal also drops the House's waivers authorizing states to allow health insurers to increase premiums on some people with pre-existing health conditions.

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OBAMACARE Provides subsidies to help people with lower incomes pay for out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-payments. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spent the past two months crafting a new GOP health bill in secret. Some of its provisions were described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

"I also believe that given the stakes involved in the current health care market in Alaska and nationally is not sustainable", Sullivan said.

The same poll showed support for the legislation is falling among Republicans as well, with 30% of GOP voters disapproving their party's bill, up from 15% a month ago.

Those subsidies are expected to be linked to recipients' income, a "major improvement" from a healthcare overhaul bill passed in the House of Representatives that tied them exclusively to age, Republican senator Susan Collins said on Wednesday. Enough have voiced concerns to make clear that McConnell and other leaders have work to do before passage is assured.

"You'll be able to take a look at it", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

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At a campaign-style rally Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Trump said he urged Senate Republicans to add more money to their health care plan because he wants a plan with "heart".

In any case, what insurance companies will be required to cover, what they won't be required to cover, and how people can be expected to afford coverage are questions that are far too important for any health care bill to be rushed to a vote.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she wants to read an assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on its impact on cost and insurance coverage before making her decision.

The sources said, according to the AP, that in some instances, the documents McConnell planned to release might suggest optional approaches for issues that remain in dispute among Republicans. As a result, states may opt to reduce their Medicaid programs, which would heavily impact low-income Americans. But Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid, like Ohio's Rob Portman, want to extend that to seven years. The Senate bill ends an expansion of Medicaid funding for states more slowly than the House legislation but imposes larger long-term reductions on the program. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures. And it would end the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people who don't buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.

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