Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a draft of the GOP's proposed health care bill Thursday morning.

The Senate measures would phase out expansion of the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people over three years, from 2021 to 2024, and then enact deeper cuts in the program than the House version beginning in 2025.

Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income families and elderly or disabled Americans, as well as many children with special needs, covers one in five in the US, or more than 70 million people.

The Senate bill revealed Thursday also sharply cuts Medicaid subsidies to states - one of the main ways the ACA grew coverage by 20 million people since it was first enacted in 2010. However, the tax cuts are very similar to those in the House bill passed last month, though some would be delayed to pay for more generous benefits.

Warren insisted that Senate Republicans, in drafting the bill, had been "dreaming up even meaner ways to kick dirt in the face of the American people".

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Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) said they would not vote on the Senate Republican plan in its current form.

She says up to 2 million Georgians (children, veterans and elderly) use Medicaid services daily.

"We have to act", Mr McConnell said on the Senate floor.

In a statement, Rubio's office said he would decide to vote on the bill "on the basis of how it impacts Florida".

"This bill is just as bad as the House bill, taking coverage away from millions of people and making huge cuts to Medicaid", Nelson added.

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Without the votes of Democrats and the four Republicans who are withholding support, the measure will not pass the Senate. House GOP bill: Cuts taxes by almost $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families.

Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of its long-awaited healthcare reform bill Thursday, following weeks of secretive deliberations within the GOP which allowed no Senate hearings and no Democratic amendments.

With a 52-seat majority, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes, as Vice President Mike Pence breaks a 50-50 tie. It would provide flat age-based tax credits for the purchase of private health insurance ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 per year that would be capped at upper-income levels.

AVIK ROY: The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance.

"I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party", Obama wrote in a Facebook post.

Jodie Slothower of Normal, representing Voices of Reason, told The Pantagraph "The Senate bill goes the wrong way in assisting Americans to have decent health care".

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its cost estimate of the legislation early next week. Both the House and Senate bills eliminate Obamacare taxes on the wealthy and insurers.

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