Protesters Arrested Following Republican Health Care Bill

Sen. Casey rallies against GOP healthcare Activists protest 24 hours outside Sen. Toomey’s office

Sen. Casey rallies against GOP healthcare Activists protest 24 hours outside Sen. Toomey’s office

The Senate bill is similar to the version of the House measure that passed last month.

"We're very nervous about the increase in needed care".

"What I'd like to do is legalize affordable insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day".

The plan gets rid of those mandates.

There are ways to help people who have a preexisting condition without destroying health insurance markets.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

Paul said Friday "I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill". "That in turn will make the risk pool much healthier, which will also lower premiums". McConnell was "basically writing it by himself behind closed doors and nobody is ever doing anything good behind closed doors", Meyers said.

Senators are likely to have only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the 142-page bill, which was unveiled on Thursday.

Gregory suffered five heart attacks in five years before being diagnosed with a genetic blood clotting disease. He said the Medicaid cuts contained in the Senate bill are even deeper than the House version.

Also many insurers have chose to opt out of participating in state Affordable Care Act exchanges due to cost concerns.

After almost eight years in a dark closet, the Republican Senate's version of a health care bill has finally seen the light of day. AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch said the bill would upend the health-care marketplace and cripple the Medicaid program. So we have very serious concerns about changing that open-ended nature of funding Medicaid in the federal state partnership to capping it. Congress goes on recess on July 4.

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An outside political group aligned with the White House, America First Policies, said it is planning an advertising campaign targeting Heller for his opposition to the bill. NPR's Alison Kodjak begins our coverage. According to Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to have a vote on the AHCA by late next week. The insurance companies hate the idea of the buying pools where you can join an association and drive prices down. Avik Roy is a physician and founder of the conservative Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

More than 170,000 West Virginians gained health care coverage under Medicaid expansion.

In a separate statement, Cruz added that in its current format, the bill "does not do almost enough to lower premiums".

MORRIS: You know, it's a fundamental change to the way the Medicaid program has operated since it was enacted in 1965.

KODJAK: The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare.

ACA: Young adults could stay on parents' health plan until age 26.

Medical coverage for multiple conditions - including maternity care and mental health - would not be required after 2019, with states having control regarding what is covered.

"We're not really doing that in health care", Paul continued. Heller is up for reelection in 2018 and is from a Medicaid expansion state. "The consumer will shop, and when the consumer shops, competition works", said the senator.

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