Senate Expected to Give House Health Care Plan the Cold Shoulder

Third Time Is The Charm: House Republicans Vote To Replace Obamacare

The Senate version may "incorporate" elements of the House bill, but the House bill will not be the starting point, according to Senators who are part of a 12-member "working group" that's been meeting for weeks to assemble the Senate healthcare bill.

"Thank Paul Ryan and House Republicans for keeping their word and fighting for the health care we deserve". The agency said an earlier version of the Republican proposal would leave 24 million people without insurance in 10 years.

"We must prevent this cruel and risky bill from ever becoming law", Gillibrand said.

"We're going to draft our bill, and I'm convinced we will take the time to do it right", she said. Democrats are also refusing to participate in any effort to dismantle Obama's law, while some Republican senators - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - object to cutting Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled. The Obama-era law expanded Medicaid with extra payments to 31 states to cover more people. "There are increases in spending, but what we're doing is apportioning it in a way that allows states greater flexibility".

"What we're trying to do is to improve the Medicaid system - make it more responsive to patients", he said.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump to nominate two energy regulators More than one-third of Americans oppose GOP healthcare bill What moderate GOP senators want in ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday signaled that the upper chamber would take its time on legislation for reforming the US healthcare system". It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions and watering down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance.

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Major medical and other groups, including the American Medical Association, opposed the House bill.

"So much discretion is given to the states without any guardrails", Collins said.

Collins also took issue with the bill's failure to adjust the size of its tax credits based on people's income or where they live.

He also claimed that Obamacare "was a lie and it is dead".

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Collins, however, noted that the credits aren't adjusted for variations in income and geographic regions across the U.S. That "really hurts a state like ME, where we have an older population" living in rural areas where health care is more expensive, she said.

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