Sen. Cory Gardner expressed disappointment that "we have a Washington, D.C., so fundamentally broken that both sides of the aisle can't come together to fix" health care. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't see a problem. But although the Senate bill will likely have some alterations, it's possible there will be no substantive changes along the lines of what Katko and others have said are absolutely necessary.
If the bill passes, the House must do one of two things: vote to pass the Senate bill as it is, or go into negotiations with the Senate to get a compromise bill. Those subsidies would be determined by income and the amount of premiums people pay.
Criticism after criticism that Republicans have lobbed at Democrats over the years about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed apply to a far greater extent to the health-care bill the GOP leadersip has been drafting covertly.
Toomey is among 13 Republican senators who were most closely involved in the process since the House passed its own legislation in May.
Democrats were quick to address that outside on Capitol Hill Wednesday during a rally opposing how the bill was being crafted.
Conservative Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he had not yet seen the Senate bill.
Aside from Republicans being skeptical of particular revisions to the bill, some lawmakers simply refuse to vote on a piece of legislation that was released just days prior.
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But he said that, at thrice-weekly Republican luncheons and at private meetings with GOP senators, the issue has been discussed, with the contents of those discussions often shared.
Medicaid expansion: Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which extended the program to those making between 100% and 138% of the federal poverty limit, would be phased out over three or four years (there are conflicting reports) starting in 2020. In 2025, the measure would tie federal spending on the program to an even slower growth index than the one used in the House bill. The program now gives states all the money needed to cover eligible recipients and procedures.
"This isn't some mundane debate where the two sides can't square their differences, the kind most people choose to ignore", Wyden said. The so-called individual mandate - aimed at keeping insurance markets solvent by prompting younger, healthier people to buy policies - has always been one of the GOP's favorite targets. The Senate bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act", would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "The repeal bill approved last month by the House would bar the use of federal tax credits to help purchase insurance plans that include coverage of abortion", the Times says. He plans to release the details on Thursday morning, and hold a vote next week. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Wednesday of the abortion restrictions on the tax credits.
The Senate leadership previously stated that the Senate will not vote on the health care overhaul before they receive a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, which could arrive as early as Monday.