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Trump says health care bill needs 'a little negotiation'

Trump says health care bill needs 'a little negotiation'”

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, said in a statement Thursday that he is still reviewing the Senate plan, but had some worries about how it might affect his vast and sparsely populated state, where health care costs are high.

The American Health Care Act would allow states under certain circumstances to apply for waivers exempting coverage of certain essential health benefits mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid provides health care not just for the indigent and disabled but also for the working poor - low-wage employees who can not afford health insurance, even the plans offered through their jobs.

Both bills repeal almost all of the ACA's taxes, like the health insurance tax, the medical device tax and the net investment income tax. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. That's just one provision that could hit older Americans hard.

Democrats blasted the bill, which was drafted in secret, while most Republicans took a more measured approach and left their intentions unknown, with many moderate members saying they were taking time to read the bill and analyze its impact.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

The protesters, from disability rights organisation ADAPT, had staged a "die-in" outside Mr McConnell's office to protest the legislation (Picture: Reuters) Footage shows police dragging protesters from the floor outside McConnell's office.

McConnell said Democrats chose not to help frame the bill.

Reductions in Medicaid spending in the just-unveiled health care bill written by Pennsylvania Sen.

But where it differs, it tends to deal even more severe blows to Americans on the lower rungs of the income ladder. The Senate proposal would roll back that expansion, though it would do so more slowly than the House bill proposes. "I will make a final decision based on whether this legislation, on the whole, is better than what is in place today".

The bill also opens the door for controversial requirements mandating that Medicaid beneficiaries have a job in order to be eligible.

But there's another change on top of that. The Senate proposal largely mirrors the measure that passed the House - with some significant differences.

"That's a big deal". "It means billions of dollars less in federal aid to states for their Medicaid programs".

The bill is similar to the House version, which was passed in May to much fanfare.

McConnell released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far.

On Thursday, Obama weighed in on Facebook, writing: "If there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm". But it would push down the threshold to 350 percent of the poverty level. The bill limits growth to standard inflation rather than the typically much higher medical inflation.

The bills would also end the Obamacare prohibition on paying for over-the-counter medications with funds from tax-advantaged health accounts.

And it would change what people could buy with their tax credits on the health care exchanges.

One hallmark of the ACA was premium subsidy payments that help people afford the coverage they are required to get.

The Senate bill calls for phasing out the enhanced federal support for the expansion by 2024.

But the Senate bill would make subsidies less generous than under current law. Like the House, the Senate wants to leave up to the states whether policies must cover such services as emergency, maternity and mental health care. And it also would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

Obama added that despite the Affordable Care Act's imperfections, the passing of the Act was a "significant step forward for America".

They also would repeal a penalty imposed on large employers that do not provide insurance to their workers, and remove the fine that Obamacare imposes on those who choose to go uninsured. Women can't be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free.



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