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Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill

26 June 2017, 10:29 | Marion Schneider

Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill

Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill

To be sure, some enrollees who exceed that new income limit might lose only a small subsidy because of the way the current law is structured, but older enrollees could lose substantial amounts.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had some strong words for the Republican Party on Friday, saying that if Congress manages to pass the Senate health care bill, the GOP will become the "death party".

In a tweet last week after Georgia's special House election, Trump also criticized House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. I hope I'm not lying to myself. They say the GOP plan would mean fewer people with coverage and higher costs for many.

"I want to wait to see the CBO analysis, but I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins replied.

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy", Trump said. "They did just fine", he said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said seven to eight other senators including herself were troubled by provisions that she believes could cut Medicaid even more than the House version. When it comes to health care, the main thing the bill does is take money away from providing it to pay for the tax reductions it contains and for future bonanzas the Republicans have promised. If they make it better for moderates, the conservatives will peel off.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said.

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Addressing reporters Sunday, the Senate's No. 2 Republican said passing a health care bill won't get any easier if Republican leaders delay a Senate vote on the GOP health care plan. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said there is "a sense of urgency" to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is "going to be close".

"We want it to come back to Kansas and let us do it right".

The House approved its version of the bill last month. Later in the interview, Cassidy - a physician - seemed to indicate he'd like to see Medicaid turned into block grants for the states, a position supported by many Republicans and denounced by Democrats and some Republican governors. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Collins discussed the release of a report that says that less than one percent of the 4,000-mile U.S. But without penalties that would otherwise encourage healthy people to buy insurance, the bill could lead to a system in which only the sickest people purchase coverage, leading to staggering insurance premiums, Vox noted. We have a big nursing home industry in the state of Hawaii. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare".

"I don't think they're that far off. But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. Julie, thank you so much for joining us.

This first lie is important because it rationalizes the Republican claim that the bill has to be draconian because it can't pass without support from the party's most right-wing legislators.

He said they had "at best, a 50-50 chance".



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