Trump's approval at 40%, only 16% support House's health care bill

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

The Senate version of the bill proposes heavy cuts to Medicaid funding, gives states the right to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions, temporarily cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, and repeals taxes on wealthier Americans that were used to fund numerous Affordable Care Act's provisions.

Senate GOP bill: Tax cuts very similar to House bill, though some would be delayed. The government could offer tax credits sufficient to help almost everyone buy at least catastrophic coverage, require insurers to take care of sick people at favorable rates if they had kept their insurance current, and provide adequately funded high-risk pools for anyone who fell through the cracks. The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026.

Under the senate bill, cost sharing reductions - that help pay for out-of-pocket costs are repealed by 2020. However, the Senate bill changes the Obamacare formula for credits, making them less generous.

The Affordable Care Act offered help paying premiums to people earning between 100 to 400 percent of the poverty line, under the assumption that those under the poverty line would be covered by Medicaid. And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

For more than seven years, Republicans ran on repealing ObamaCare, and voters responded by giving the GOP a majority in the House in 2010, control of the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016.

Graham said he feels "comfortable" that the Senate bill will not deny insurance coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions, a point of contention in the House measure.

However, under Senate rules, there's a chance abortion restrictions on private insurance plans may be struck down. Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill revealed Thursday, June 22, 2017, by R. In a statement, Hupfer says the necessary solution is "patient-focused, not government-controlled" health care.

Texas's other US senator, John Cornyn, a member of McConnell's GOP leadership team, unsurprisingly said he was on board. "If that in fact happened, then we could probably deliver the program in a more cost effective way without comprising quality and access".

King said hospital executives in ME have warned him that if something like the House bill ultimately passes, they'll have to lay people off and perhaps close some hospitals.

Next week, the Congressional Budget Office will formally score the Senate bill.

Another would be to impose a waiting period for people who want to use federal subsidies to come back on the insurance rolls.

Insurance companies can not reject or charge a person more because they have a pre-existing condition. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy".

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".

It also said that "states must be explicitly given flexibility to manage their Medicaid programs by changing program requirements in order to meet the needs of their citizens while better controlling program costs".

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