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Senate Health Care Reform Bill Just as "Mean" as the House Version

30 June 2017

The CBO said in its hotly anticipated report Monday that passage of the Senate bill would likely increase the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million over the next 10 years. It's barely an improvement upon the health care bill that passed the House - which would have resulted in 23 million more uninsured.

Republicans were critical of CBO estimates on the House version, and had been laying the groundwork to again criticize the budget office as they awaited the new score.

Jen McGowan, associate director of the Chicago chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said Medicaid cuts in the proposal would hurt the hundreds of thousands of people in IL who suffer from mental health or substance abuse problems, and are enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office is set to release its score of the Senate bill this afternoon, which will include estimates of how many people will be insured under the bill compared to under Obamacare, as well as how premiums will be affected.

Several major changes under the Senate plan would cause fewer people to have insurance.

The bill is supported by Trump.

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Collins and fellow Republicans who oppose the health bill cast doubt on the chances Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will get it through the Senate this week, before Congress breaks for the July Fourth recess. Insurers would generally be required to impose the waiting period on people who lacked coverage for more than about two months in the prior year.

As one of five Republican senators that announced opposition to the bill in its current form, Paul said he would consider voting for partial repeal of Obamacare, if there's a stalemate, but argued the Senate bill "isn't anywhere close to repeal".

So the revision, which was issued today, tries to solve that problem by imposing a penalty on those who don't maintain continuous insurance coverage. The new numbers from CBO could make them more skittish about supporting the Senate plan.

Like the House version, the Senate proposal would phase out Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and change the program's funding from an open-ended entitlement to a fixed budget.

Republicans view the PPACA as a costly government intrusion and say that the individual insurance markets created by the act are collapsing. Yes, believe it or not, Kellyanne Conway was lying when she told ABC on Sunday, "These are not cuts to Medicaid".

Republicans are still smarting from the brutal fight that led to the narrow passage of the House of Representatives' version of the health care bill in May, which is seemingly why McConnell and his allies have attempted to push their bill through as quickly and quietly as possible.

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