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Obama criticizes Senate health care bill: 'This bill will do you harm'

23 June 2017

(In the case of a 50-50 split, the decision would be left to Vice President Mike Pence.) But the four lawmakers made it very clear they were open to negotiating changes to the bill aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

She contended, for example, that the bill's tax cuts for the wealthy are paid for by "blood money:" cuts to tax credits that help individuals pay for health insurance and to Medicaid, a program that provides health coverage to low-income Americans.

It would also bar the use of the bill's health care tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions, a major demand for conservatives.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to push the legislation through the Senate next week. "The Senate bill may be even meaner", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.

Paul, along with senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), announced that he will vote against the GOP health-care bill and is hopeful the new one has a chance to pass if Senate leadership is willing to make it more of a repeal bill.

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"The goal of a lot of the reform discussion has been trying to allow states to be more innovative in their delivery of dollars for the Medicaid system", said state Rep. Murrell Smith, the Sumter Republican who chairs a panel that decides state health-care spending.

Brewer said the Senate plan released Thursday would harm the state's most vulnerable citizens, including children, seniors and the disabled.

In reviewing the bill, Sullivan, a Republican, said he will look at whether Alaska-specific issues are addressed. But the Senate bill begins phasing out this increased funding starting in 2021 and restoring it to pre-Obamacare levels by 2024.

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.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said Thursday on the Senate floor that Republicans are paying for their newly released health care bill with "blood money".

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According to the CBO, the House health bill would leave 23 million more uninsured than current law.

"I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", Heller said after McConnell unveiled the proposal Thursday morning.

The bill is similar to the House version, which was passed in May to much fanfare.

The Congressional Budget Office projected the House health-care plan would cost SC $2 billion over the next 10 years, Berkowitz said, estimating the Senate plan could cost even more.

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