McConnell is said to be hoping for a vote before Congress breaks next week for the July 4 holiday.
If Democrats and the four Republicans vote “no” on the bill, it will not pass the Senate.
Of course, those are two very big “ifs”. The Senate bill repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, the requirement that every American buy health insurance, which insurers say is essential to making the markets work. The budget office’s analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation”. But there are some key differences.
Paul tells The Associated Press in an interview that the bill released Thursday resembles “Obamacare” too closely and does not go far enough to repeal former President Barack Obama’s law. The Senate bill would keep the same basic structure, a change from the House version.
The Senate proposal would also impose annual limits on the federal Medicaid funds that would go to each state, which would tighten even further by the mid-2020s.
Under the Affordable Care Act, those subsidies are only available to patients whose income falls between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. “Only this wolf, has even sharper teeth than the House bill”. Overall, however, the cuts to Medicaid are deeper than those in the House bill. In the same way that the GOP always threatens to kill the National Endowment for the Arts, Planned Parenthood is a favorite candidate for the chopping block when they want something. Republicans hold a 52-seat advantage in the Senate and a potential tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate HELP committee, said on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
The plan would eliminate waivers that have allowed insurers to boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.
Republican respondents were more supportive of the House plan than others.
The Senate health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would likely cause millions of Americans to lose their Medicaid and private insurance marketplace coverage. That’s because the Senate’s parliamentarian warned that the provision could not be passed under reconciliation.
The problem: ACA plans would undoubtedly be more expensive – and comprehensive – than non-ACA plans. Those caps would vary based on the rate of inflation, and the inflation rate the Senate would attach to those caps is one that is lower than the inflation rate the House attached.
Roll back the taxpayer subsidies for people buying health insurance policies on the ACA exchange.
The unveiling of the legislation marks the first time that the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal.
To help pay for its expanded coverage to around 20 million more people, Obama’s law increased taxes on higher income people, medical industry companies and others, totaling around $1 trillion over a decade. That’s slower than the House bill does. The House is now suing the executive branch, claiming that the payments are unconstitutional.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, defending the closed-door sessions, has said all Senate Republicans have had a chance to participate in meetings on the bill, and that Democrats are not interested in overhauling Obamacare.