Trump camp plans attack ads against health care bill holdout

Many of their potential challengers in next year's elections are House Republicans, .

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the US over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace what he's calling "the dead carcass of Obamacare". Much of those criticism has centered on how the bill's steep cuts to Medicaid, among other things, would amount to a death sentence for Americans who rely on the program.

Sununu, who opposed Medicaid expansion as an executive councilor, urged the Senate in a letter Friday to go slow on changing it. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, said the focus remains on Medicaid expansion while noting there are indeed challenges that remain.

Trump made the admission during a Fox News interview when he fielded a question about former President Barack Obama's response to the bill. Even if we ignore the fact that our bloated bureaucracy composed of career politicians was never exactly suited to manage something the size and complexity of the nation's health insurance system, any effort to institute top-down socialization of something as inherently capitalist in nature as the health insurance industry was doomed to blow up in your face.

The heads of 10 Medicaid managed care companies sent a letter to McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asking them to rethink the proposed changes. "I think we're going to get there". Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

In Illinois, about 650,000 residents could lose Medicaid coverage under the Senate bill, and subsequent effects of state law, in 2021.

"I would say the health care bill is more likely to make the opioid crisis worse, rather than better", he added.

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"To single out Planned Parenthood which provides services to so many low-income women", Collins said, "is just wrong".

"At a time that we are trying to get more people access to treatment, we're essentially taking away access", Evans said.

After seven years of attacking Obamacare as everything from a socialist conspiracy to a plot to pull the plug on grandma and after three years of complaining about Obamacare's high premiums and deductibles, the Republicans' long-promised replacement is effectively just Obamacare with much higher costs for consumers.

Absent additional legislative changes providing solutions to these problems, it's likely the Better Care Reconciliation Act will make health insurance even more expensive than it is now, throwing gasoline on the Obamacare fire and providing an escape hatch to Democrats eager to flee Obamacare's vast shadow. So it would basically erode the ability of states to pay for their Medicaid programs.

Kellyanne Conway on Sunday asserted that the expected $830 billion in cuts from Medicaid funds aren't cuts.

Medicaid pays for most of the 1.4 million elderly people in nursing homes, like Jacobs. As of now, there are at least five senators who have said they can't vote for the bill in its current form. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

The Kaiser Family Foundation in a February report said almost 8 in 10 Medicaid parents and childless adults live in working families and a majority are working themselves.

Jane McDermott of Stoddard said her husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung disease and they too would exceed any lifetime or annual cap. The Senate bill would eliminate the enhanced federal funding for the program by 2024, probably resulting in low-income adults being kicked off the rolls.

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