Obama on Senate bill: It's 'not a health care bill'

"Obviously, we need to get 50 plus one", said Republican Texas Sen.

DAVIS: Right. Four conservative senators have indicated that they could oppose it.

On Thursday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the health care bill that would overhaul the American health care system. They said the measure falls short, missing "the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs".

The Senate bill is similar to the version of the House measure that passed last month. Look forward to making it really special! However, the draft of this bill contains a provision that disqualifies any health plan that provides coverage for abortions from being a qualified health plan.

McConnell wants to pass the bill before the July 4 recess, so the bill most likely will hit the floor next week.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for Sen.

The non-partisan Colorado Health Institute estimates the bill would cut $15 billion in Medicaid reimbursement in Colorado and eliminate coverage for almost $630,000 Coloradans. With Democrats - including U.S. Sen.

Paul cautioned that the Senate bill might contain provisions that might allow illegal immigrants, permanent residents, and other non-citizens to obtain Obamacare subsidies. This is blood money. Paul says that the Senate needs to rectify. "Let's be very clear".

The bill puts a one-time, $2 billion shot into federal efforts to combat the nationwide opioid crisis, an amount some Republican senators from hard-hit states said is far less than they'd hoped.

US Senate Republicans have unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the wealthy, but the bill's fate was quickly thrown into question as some senators voiced scepticism. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless".

For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

"It will make families pay more for less care and increase the number of people who are uninsured", wrote Baldwin in a prepared statement.

Both bills would repeal the penalties associated with the individual mandate that almost everyone purchase health insurance or else pay a fine, and the mandate that employers provide insurance to employees. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions.

Health insurers will eventually leave the exchanges if Congress does not allow them to either deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions or charge them higher premiums based on their preexisting conditions. The CBO estimated that 23 million people would lose insurance under the House bill, although many of them would be voluntarily giving up their insurance because the individual mandate would be eliminated.

After the bill was announced, videos showed protesters being forcibly removed from outside McConnell's Capitol office.

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