Senate's 'Secret' Health Care Bill Cuts Medicaid, Eliminates Taxes for Wealthy

Senate's 'Secret' Health Care Bill Cuts Medicaid, Eliminates Taxes for Wealthy

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

The health care bill unveiled in the U.S. Senate today has some particular provisions that relate to New York's Medicaid program. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand.

It also would dramatically cut and restructure Medicaid, the U.S.' public health insurance program for low-income people and people with disabilities. The Massachusetts senator took to her social media accounts to accuse "cruel" Republicans of enriching those "who make a lot of money" by shortchanging "30 million kids who get their health care through Medicaid".

The House passed its version of the bill last month.

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McConnell is pressing for a vote next week, even though he can only afford to lose two Republicans in order to pass the measure.

It would also end the requirement for people to buy health insurance, and employers of a certain size would no longer have to provide coverage for employees.

The Reform movement sharply criticized a Republican bill in the Senate that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and make severe cuts to Medicaid.

"It's been demeaning for the people who hired him to do his job", said Lizzie Anderson, one of the demonstrators who say they are sending a message to Toomey, camping outside his office on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh overnight.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement they're "not ready to vote for this bill".

The draft bill proposes repealing the 3.8 per cent net investment income tax on high earners retroactively to the start of 2017, not at some point in the future, as some analysts had speculated.

"Any senator who votes for this bill is clearly prioritizing a meaningless political victory over the health and livelihoods of the American people", Yarmuth said in a statement.

"From what I understand, their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill".

It's expected that the Congressional Budget Office will release its score of how the bill would impact health-care coverage and funding next week.

Former president Barack Obama posted a almost 1,000-word critique of the Senate health-care bill Thursday on Facebook, warning, "This bill will do you harm".

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