PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP acknowledges House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the White House Rose Garden in Washington after the House pushed through a health care bill Thursday.
"At this point, there seem to be more questions than answers about its consequences", Sen. Collins' absence from the working group is particularly surprising, since the ME senator has taken a leading role in crafting one of the few fully fleshed-out alternative proposals to the House's bill.
House Republicans are claiming a triumph by finally approving their centerpiece bill scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law.
The House narrowly passed the Republican-prized bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare. And the wealthiest 400 Americans - whose average incomes exceed $300 million a year - would get an average tax cut of $7 million a year each.
So is the AARP, which blasted the House measure as harmful to its members, in particular, who could see federal subsidies fall and health-care costs rise as the House bill could raise the cap on what insurers can charge older Americans.
"The Senate still has to debate this, and because of the way majorities work in the Senate and because of politics, there's a good chance that a majority of this bill will be rewritten", explained Rai. I actually think it will get even better. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia - whose states expanded Medicaid under Obamacare. The new plan eliminates that requirement and gives the decision to the states.
Capito also could not support the bill in its current form, a spokesman said. Republicans in the upper house have expressed misgivings about phasing out the expanded Medicaid program, which has enrolled some 550,000 New Jerseyans in three years. Weakening these provisions rolls back some of the protections people with pre-existing conditions gained under Obamacare, but conservatives argue the plan will lower premiums.
It provides no money for constructing a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, and it continues funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health organization that performs abortions.
"We will write it, find out what it costs, vote on it, and then we'll compare our bill to the House", said Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "They are going to be able to have access to affordable health care", she said. According to Bloomberg, the group includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
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