Secret Republican Senate Talks Shaping Health Care Legislation

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Under the AHCA, states could also apply for a waiver to receive an exemption - dubbed the "MacArthur amendment" - to ACA requirement on essential health benefits and create their own definition of these benefits.

Critics, however, say no one is required to have a vehicle or to own a home.

Republican leaders have made it clear that the Senate legislation that ultimately emerges will look very different from the bill that narrowly cleared the House. In that scenario, more employees and better paid employees would put more tax money into the system, helping to pay for the massive costs of any such universal, government funded health care system.

A bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been "leveraged. into reform of the entire Medicaid program", said Greg Moody of the Office of Health Transformation in OH, run by the state's Republican governor, John R. Kasich.

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Supporters of the GOP bill say people have a personal responsibility to keep steady health insurance coverage, and not to wait until they are sick to buy a policy.

The aggressive cuts would ultimately provide states with less federal Medicaid dollars and shift costs typically covered by Medicaid away from the program, and onto hospitals and states.

Some conservative Senate Republicans, such as Mr.

The health care bill now sits in the Senate's hands. "And right now, in part, it's a fight to just try to get in the door".

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He says it is hard for Alaska to cut down on expensive health care because of the geography.

"It doesn't work all at all", Pipes said.

In a statement to Missourinet, Blunt didn't waver from the Republican stance to do away with the current health care system. In other words, plans can't charge participants with pre-existing conditions more than "healthy" individuals are charged. It also eliminates both the individual and employer mandate penalties that forced millions of Americans into health care plans that they do not want and can not afford, among many other provisions.

Most Republicans see no political advantage to attempting to craft bipartisan legislation that could aid vulnerable Red State Senate Democrats heading in to the midterm elections. There is, in fact, a line in the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act that, at first glance, might suggest premiums will decline by 10 percent.

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The bill, which passed the House earlier this month, allows states to waive community rating in the individual insurance market.

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