Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Republicans delay US Senate vote on 'Obamacare' repeal

Ellis Copeland | 28 June, 2017, 04:42

"CBO says 22 million people lose insurance; Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans; access to healthcare in rural areas threatened", Collins said in a series of tweets. The CBO estimated then that the House bill would lead 23 million more uninsured by 2026.

CBO said that under the bill, most insurance markets around the country would be stable before 2020.

The American Medical Association has been critical of the proposal, most notably in regards to Medicaid cutbacks and prohibition of using Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood. The Senate must not rush legislation that would throw them into peril.

With Congress scheduled to go into recess Friday, Senate Republicans are scrambling to get the support needed to pass their health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Employer-based coverage is considered the backbone of the current system, and it's a frequent subject for Republican rhetoric that dictates if people want insurance, they should get a job.

The change comes as congressional forecasters are trying to predict how the Senate bill would affect insurance costs and coverage.

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Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME said she would vote "no" on the motion to proceed with the bill.

The moderate Republican opposition to the bill in its current form came as at least five conservative Republican lawmakers - Sens.

The dismal CBO score could foil Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush the sweeping legislation to the floor before July 4. Bill Cassidy, R-La., told CNN that he had not seen the CBO report but that, as described by the network, it made him "more concerned". Though the bill would leave millions without health insurance, it would "reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period for $321 billion". "I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the senate bill", said Sen. The provision, added to the bill on Monday, would make anyone who did not maintain coverage in the prior year wait six months before being able to access coverage benefits if they signed up the following year.

The Senate plan, aimed at rolling back much of Obama's 2010 statute, would end the tax penalty that law imposes on people who don't buy insurance, in effect erasing Obama's so-called individual mandate.

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