Obamacare replacement bill runs into trouble as four Republicans oppose it

Posted June 23, 2017

The Senate bill would also cut all taxes related to the Affordable Care Act, including mandates that everyone have health insurance and that employers with more than 50 workers provide health coverage for their workers. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would repeal ACA taxes on corporations and individuals who pay for insurance subsidies. When we asked the governor's office Thursday for his reaction to the Senate bill, we were told he has to "take a look at it". Plus, with the number of ob-gyns steadily decreasing (there are reportedly just 29 gynos per 100,000 women in America), even more people will be in need of its services. But it's also crucial for the health of the Republican Party, which would have a hard time explaining why it couldn't replace ObamaCare despite controlling everything in Washington.

Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate, so more than two GOP defections will doom the bill if Democrats are united against it.

"This is not good news for us", Bailey said. But he said it was time to act. "The stark reality remains that if we do nothing, Obamacare will fail, and Americans will suffer", Republican Johnny Isakson said in a statement.

Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong and say the Republican plan would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "She says there should be a "healthy" debate and opportunities for experts to really express their opinions and concerns about the legislation". At least four Republicans - Texas Sen.

They aren't alone, one health-care expert said Thursday. "We'll have to see".

"I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic", Portman said in a statement. This could be an issue for Republican senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "And as in the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents' health care plans". "Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family-this bill will do you harm".

Even if the measure is ultimately tweaked through amendments in Congress, it "cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation", the former president warned in a Facebook post. President Donald Trump made Obamacare repeal a centrepiece of his 2016 campaign and celebrated the House-passed bill. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean.

Obamacare extended coverage to some 20 million additional Americans through both subsidized private insurance and an expansion of Medicaid. The budget office analysis of the Senate bill is expected early next week.

On Thursday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto", Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that the Senate's healthcare bill may provide more subsidies than Obamacare does. The payments help offset costs for insurers in exchange for offering more affordable coverage to low-income Americans.

In short, the Senate version still plans to phase out Planned Parenthood funding for one year.

Obamacare had assured coverage to people with pre-existing ailments and restricted insurers from charging them based on health conditions.