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GOP facing White House pressure to pass new healthcare bill

15 July 2017

On inclusion of the provisions in the legislation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that allows insurers to offer cheaper, bare-bones plans that cover fewer services, so long as those insurers also provide plans that cover the benefits defined in Obamacare.

Proponents of the Cruz amendment claim it expands consumer choice. Create a separate risk pool for high-cost patients, and subsidize that directly, from general revenues, while you let those in the individual market once again purchase plans relieved of ObamaCare regulations, which will sell for less, in a separate risk pool.

McConnell released a plan that attempts to attract conservative support by letting insurers sell low-priced, bare-bone policies and bids for moderate Republicans with an added $45 billion for states to combat opioid abuse.

While this exemption was included in the Senate health care bill out of procedural necessity, we must still be diligent in ensuring that Members of Congress are treated just like other Americans under this law.

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A couple of moderate Republican senators, according to some reports, had asked that the Medicaid cuts be considered separately, arguing that outside of the Medicaid expansion, the funding structure was not changed by the ACA.

The amendment, however, has been key to getting Cruz to vote for the GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare. However, it's unclear whether the measure can even garner enough votes to begin debate.

Some mainstream media outlets have declared the bill almost dead because only one more vote against it is needed. It's expected to issue its score next week.

He said, "Republican Senators must come through as they promised", urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take responsibility for the bill's passage. Rob Portman (R-OH), who says he is now undecided on the bill as a vote approaches.

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Like its prototypes, though, the latest draft of the bill would end the individual mandate and make substantial cuts and changes to Medicaid - a sticking point for numerous moderates who opposed previous versions. Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) originally asked for $45 billion to fight addiction, but the original Senate bill only allocated $2 billion.

Nurses, doctors and home care workers have traveled to Washington DC to speak with House and Senate members directly about the Trumpcare bills. "Ready to work with GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA". The group raised particular concern about the bill's impact on Idaho's Medicaid program, which serves the state's poorest and disabled residents.

Achieving that goal has been elusive in the first six months of the new administration, and the bill unveiled Thursday is already under threat of collapse.

It also offers another $70 billion for states, which would be granted at federal discretion. Democratic representatives believe it is fair for the rich to pay more in taxes to help more Americans gain access to health care. The compromise measure is meant to bring the conservative and moderate wings of the #Senate Republican caucus and, hopefully, get the at least 50 votes plus Vice President Mike Pence's approval needed to pass the measure.

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GOP facing White House pressure to pass new healthcare bill