MO Sen McCaskill announces plan to save health care exchanges under Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell flanked by Sen. John Barrasso R-Wyo. left and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas right are three of the 13 senators in the health care working group

The Wall Street Journal reports that some Senate Republicans are pushing for even deeper cuts to Medicaid than their counterparts in the House passed as part of their Obamacare repeal plan. "But it all comes down to budgetary concerns and how it's going to be written".

The bill now forecasts an $839 billion cut to Medicaid over the next 10 years, according to the CBO. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is taking a close look at the effect the American Health Care Act would have on rural communities in particular. Simpson said he voted for it knowing the bill would not become law without significant changes. One idea is to preserve the expansion of Medicaid eligibility but impose new limits on Medicaid spending.

Senators are searching for trade-offs in an effort to save the health law's Medicaid expansion.

Most of the two dozen Republicans targeted in the campaign either barely won in the 2016 election or represent districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton or narrowly won by President Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Proponents of the GOP legislation say it's cutting down on excessive funding.

MacArthur can expect to encounter critics every time he meets with voters in town hall forums, because the legislation he wrote will kill about 45,000 Americans each year by denying health insurance coverage to 25 million people.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Cassidy, R-La., have introduced their own health care plan, and they have been prominent voices in the debate, but they were excluded from the health care working group. The House bill would allow states to obtain waivers to allow higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions and ease other consumer protections.

One key reason for the lower average premium in 2026, compared to current law, is that older Americans increasingly would be priced out of the market, resulting in a younger, healthier mix of policyholders. Medicaid provides health coverage to 1.2 million - or half of all OH children - and more than 30 million children nationwide. States can't get a waiver unless they have a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program.

The Kaiser study pointed to a number of unknowns that could affect how many people would actually experience premium hikes due to pre-existing conditions and coverage lapses. Wadleigh said both "would like to stay in the marketplace", but are waiting to see what happens to subsidies for individuals who buy plans through the exchange.



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