Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

The big lies about health care

During his opening remarks in the East Room, POTUS said Senate Republicans and the White House are "getting very close" to reaching an agreement on a path toward the votes needed to pass the healthcare bill.

A coalition of Jewish organizations led by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism urged members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid". Conservative supporters are likely to demand they back an Obamacare replacement, while other constituents who could lose out under the Republican changes won't be happy.

"We have a very good plan", Trump said in an interview aired Sunday.

Hoeven said the elimination of the individual mandate largely accounts for the 15 million additional people the CBO score predicted would be uninsured next year.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the House version of Trumpcare would result in 23 million Americans losing insurance coverage and insurance premiums for many others increasing so much as to make insurance unaffordable. I would like to believe they are too decent for that (and Heller, for one, criticized the bill on Friday).

"It's looks increasingly hard for the Senate to get this bill passed", says Demko. Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she was awaiting the CBO analysis before taking a final position.

"I think we have to face this down", Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who led the secret drafting of the measure and unveiled it last week, said lawmakers would continue negotiating, in a bid to bridge the "differences" that have split Republicans over the legislation. The majority of the Senate bill's coverage loses occur because of the bill's drastic cuts to Medicaid, a program that covers low-income individuals and families.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said leadership was still pushing for 50 votes but called the situation "fluid".

"Don't take healthcare away from people who need it most to give a tax break to people who need it least", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. It also violates New York's state's rights, he said, by targeting a New York-specific Medicaid provision. "This idea that you can have better coverage for more people for less money is just not possible". It said that similar to the House bill, average premiums around the country would be higher over the next two years - including about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under Obama's statute - but lower beginning in 2020.

The office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments. Republicans often note that millions of Americans have opted to pay fines in lieu of signing up for coverage under the ACA. Passing the measure would hand Trump a legislative win as he seeks to emerge from weeks of questions over Russia's role in last year's US presidential election.

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