Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

Senate GOP health bill would overhaul Obama law

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., listens as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Sen.

WASHINGTON, June 21 USA senators expressed concern on Wednesday about a plan to overhaul the US healthcare system, fearing a rush to consider the major legislation as Republican leaders prepare to unveil it.

Here is what is known about the bill.

McConnell highlighted a slate of provisions in the bill, including that it would repeal the individual and employer mandate, "improve the affordability of health insurance", and let children stay on their parents' insurance until 26. Passing a bill through the Senate will require balancing the demands of moderates such as Sens. House Republicans, meanwhile, held just three related hearings before unveiling their Obamacare repeal bill in March; the relevant Senate committees have held just one.

Subsidies to help purchase insurance would still be available. Americans earning between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. This bill would limit that to 350 percent.

The plan would eliminate waivers that have allowed insurers to boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.

While a draft of the bill is expected to be released Thursday, Senate Republicans have yet to disclose concrete details about the bill's exact terms, including whether funding will be awarded to Planned Parenthood, a women's health organization that, in addition to other programs, provides abortion services.

In the Senate, moderates including Senator Shelley Moore Capito have argued for a long, seven-year phase-out to the Medicaid expansion that happened under Obamacare.

The Senate would end the tax penalties the ACA implemented for people not buying insurance and certain employers not offering coverage.

McConnell was unveiling his plan even as GOP senators from across the party's political spectrum complained about the package and the secretive, private meetings he used to draft a measure reshaping the country's health care system, which comprises one-sixth of the US economy.

The House's bill had a rocky road to passage, with Speaker Paul Ryan pulling an earlier version before it could reach the floor. "There is an urgency to get this done because of the continued collapse of the Obama healthcare law", Barrasso, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, told CNN.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford defections from two of their 52 senators to push the measure through the Senate.

The draft is to be released at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026. All Democrats seem certain to oppose the bill.

"Democrats had to construct a 60-vote majority from their own membership".

With a slim margin for error and Republicans already backing away, Trumpcare may be on its deathbed before a single vote is cast in the U.S. Senate. And fellow Republicans point out that they and their Democratic colleagues will be able to offer amendments to the legislation before the full Senate votes on it.

Rubio also said over the weekend that the Senate is not a place to "cook something up behind closed doors and rush a vote". That's because the Senate's parliamentarian warned that the provision could not be passed under reconciliation.