Four conservative senators say no - for now - to Republican group's Obamacare revamp

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday the Senate Republican health care bill sounds like "ObamaCare-plus" due to the increase in spending and subsidies.

Democrats in the Senate are unified and determined to defend the the Affordable Care Act, criticizing Republicans for putting the bill behind closed doors without a single public hearing or bill-drafting session.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed a draft of a measure that would get rid of the legal requirement that most Americans have health coverage and offer federal tax credits to aid Americans in paying for health insurance. Both the House and Senate bill would immediately cut off Planned Parenthood for at least one year.

The Republican congressman who was formerly president of the Arizona Senate says the American people demanded a full repeal and the proposal released by the U.S. Senate on Thursday doesn't fulfill that promise.

Four Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah, already said they can not support the bill as it's now written. Starting in 2020, the Senate version would begin shifting increasing amounts of tax credits away from higher earners, making more funds available to lower-income recipients, some officials said. "It's about the character of our country - who we are, and who we aspire to be", Obama said.

In reviewing the bill, Sullivan, a Republican, said he will look at whether Alaska-specific issues are addressed.

And Obama called on Americans to lobby their senators, in order to slow down the Republican bill's consideration and pressure GOP lawmakers into negotiating with Democrats on the proposal. The bill repeals the Obamacare individual mandate, cuts back support for Medicaid and eliminates Obamacare taxes on wealthy Americans and insurers. "The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing, only this wolf has even sharper teeth that the House bill".

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that the House bill would leave 23 million more people without health care in a decade.

Several medical groups were quick to denounce the newly unveiled Senate bill. "It will vary a lot based on a person's age, income, and where they live".

"Lower premiums and I will happily be part of it", Cruz said.

-Repeal a tax penalty on larger employers not providing health insurance to workers, saving them $171 billion over the next decade.

Note: This will be updated as we make our way through the text of the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office projected the House health-care plan would cost SC $2 billion over the next 10 years, Berkowitz said, estimating the Senate plan could cost even more.

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