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Senate health care bill adds 22 million uninsured, says Congressional Budget Office

Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME said she would vote "no" on the motion to proceed with the bill. A procedural vote to proceed with the plan could come as soon as Wednesday. On the other hand, four conservatives have said they oppose the current version of the bill for not doing enough to reduce premiums.

However, the fate of the Senate measure remains in doubt, with five GOP legislators going on record last week that they can not support the bill as written. Assuming no Democratic senator votes in favor of the bill, the Kentucky senator can afford to lose only two Republican senators and still pass the bill.

Overall, the CBO estimates that the Senate bill will result in fewer people being uninsured by 2026 than the House health care bill (titled "The American Health Care Act").

Senate Republican leaders scrambled on Sunday (June 25) to rally support for their healthcare Bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress, and as several Republican senators questioned whether it would be approved this week.

Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she would await an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before taking a final position on the bill. It would also leave an additional 22 million people uninsured in 2026. Senate Democrats remain united against the bill, arguing it will cause millions to lose insurance while increasing premiums.

The increase in the number of uninsured would be disproportionately larger among older people with lower incomes. Those ages are just shy of when people begin qualifying for Medicare coverage. That is due to the elimination of the penalty for not having insurance.

Under the amendment, starting on January 1, 2019, anyone who has not been continuously insured for a full year and wants to buy an insurance plan on the individual market must first wait six months. But the Congressional Budget Office said this provision could backfire. The provision is aimed at helping insurance companies and the insurance market by discouraging healthy people from waiting to buy a policy until they get sick.

But Urtz is concerned that the Senate bill would allow states to seek waivers letting insurers impose limits on how much coverage a person can get.

READ: How Does The Senate Health Care Bill Affect Seniors?

The Senate bill would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes over the coming decade, with most of the savings going to those at the top of the income ladder. The BCRA as written saves taxpayers $321 billion, and due to procedural reasons, McConnell can pare that number down to $119 billion - in other words, he could agree to spend more on Medicaid - in order to keep the BCRA in line with filibuster-proof reconciliation rules.

The C.B.O. estimates that average gross premiums would initially rise under the Senate bill, then drop by about 20 percent, compared with what it would be under the current law, in 2026. Under the Senate bill, higher-income people would continue to not receive subsidies.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.

Less affluent Americans now on government-managed Medicaid insurance, many of whom supported the president, will see a 26% reduction in their programmes funding over the next decade, resulting in fewer covered and skimpier benefits.



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