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Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:06

Republicans roll out updated health care bill

Written by  Marisa Schultz, Gabby Morrongiello

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leadership rolled out an updated version of its health care bill Thursday that omitted changes to proposed Medicaid cuts, while preserving ObamaCare taxes on high-income earners and providing $45 billion to combat the national opioid crisis.

The tweaked legislation is the product of weeks of negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and conservative and moderate holdouts who opposed the initial GOP health care bill for myriad reasons.

Updates to the bill include an additional $70 billion to help states drive down premiums and other health care-related costs; a measure that will allow individuals to use health savings accounts to pay for their insurance premiums; expanded options for Americans to purchase plans that lower out-of-pocket costs; and a reinsurance fund to help subsidize the costs of covering sicker Obamacare enrollees.

Some conservatives have already said they won;t support the updated legislation. But the inclusion of an amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) could bring them back into the fold.

That amendment would allow insurers to offer alternative plans that to do not comply with Obamacare regulations, something that could further destabilize the individual market and undermine protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, according to some health care experts.

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Government subsidies and yet another onerous mandate. Bullshit.

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Cruz' deal is a reasonable adjustment. I don't need maternity or drugs at this point in my life.

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Buying what you need installed of what your neighbor needs is the American way in things like life insurance, car insurance and even in buying a home. This should have always stayed the way it was when it came to health care, one size definitely does not fit all Americans.

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Pamela Dunn Written by Pamela Dunn
July 13, 2017
To HADES with ANY "revised" Obama healthcare abortion; Just repeal the whole pile of dung and pass a bill that allows competition across state lines and allows people to pick what they want covered. At 76+ there is NO WAY that I need "maternity" benefits and a butt load of other such garbage.
REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL,

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