A Key Republican Just Came Out Against the Senate Health Care Bill

Mike Lee pens must-read essay on Senate's Obamacare replacement plan — and what it will take to earn his vote

In fact, we know the CBO's previous estimates of Obamacare enrollment have been badly wrong. The new bill was always likely to leave fewer Americans with health insurance, considering the House version left 23 million more uninsured by 2026.

Republicans should not rush this through the Senate, as did their colleagues in the House. Republicans, who hold 52 Senate seats, can only lose two votes and still pass the bill.

Under the Senate's arcane reconciliation rules, which enables the majority party to pass legislation on a partisan basis without the threat of a filibuster, the budget legislation must reduce federal deficits and be devoid of "extraneous matter". He said that label "stuck with me", because in addition to the bill leaving thousands of CT residents without insurance it removes billions of dollars from Medicaid to support tax cuts for the wealthy. Here's what he said on CNN after the CBO score was released.

The effects of the BCRA would also have an immediate impact on those covered under the Affordable Care Act. How does this forecast affect the chances of the bill passing?

The CBO predicts 15 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 alone - mostly due to the bill dropping Obamacare's individual mandate.

The way in which the Senate bill incentivizes continuous coverage differs from that of the House-passed American Healthcare Act. Rand Paul, don't believe the Senate bill goes far enough to repeal Obamacare, while others, like Maine Sen. Insurers need healthy customers who are low-priced to cover to help pay the costs of people with medical conditions that are costly to treat.

"Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats". They do not want to find themselves choosing plans with fewer options and higher premiums or higher deductibles.

Before these provisions were enacted, the only taxes that were dedicated to health care was the Medicare tax on wages, which was not progressive, exempted investment income and mostly flows to the wealthiest Americans. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.

In the past, Johnson has cited high-risk coverage pools as a solution for people with pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act bans lifetime limits and requires insurers to cover various so-called "essential health benefits" which states could waive under the Senate plan. The Senate bill is largely in line with Obamacare, tying subsidies for people paying for individual coverage to prices where they live and their incomes.

The Senate's plan, forged behind closed doors without being seen by all Dems and even some Republicans and released late last week, would cut the federal budget deficit by $321 billion over that decade. It rolls back the expansion and caps the amount of money being put into the program, for a total of $772 billion in cuts to the program. The other 5 million are people who would have enrolled had Obamacare remained the law of their land and if their state eventually expanded Medicaid.

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