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The Republicans’ penalty would affect people buying insurance who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days over a year.
Texas is asking the Trump administration to renew a 2011 agreement set to expire in December that helps pay hospitals’ costs of caring for the state’s uninsured residents.
But the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey also shows that a majority of Americans want fixes to the existing health law. A separate AARP poll also reports low approval numbers for the American Health Care Act that passed in the House last month.
Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) release a joint statement about their problems with the legislation, but their stances appear to be negotiable.
The bill would have additional repercussions for other states, too. For instance, because of state law, Illinois could feel the cutback in Medicaid faster than other states. News outlets look at some of the concerns in New York, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, California and Georgia.
For example, depending on what states elect to do, somebody with cancer might be able to buy insurance but find it doesn’t cover expensive chemotherapy. Media outlets look at different aspects of the Senate’s proposal and how they affect premiums, subsidies and public health funding.
Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. The Republican repeal of the health law could hasten their demise.
The public — and most senators — got their first look at the bill as it was released Thursday morning. Here’s a chance to read all 142-pages of it.
President Donald Trump cajoled and courted reluctant House Republicans to vote “yes” on the bill last month. But those familiar with the process don’t anticipate a repeat of that lobbying with the upper chamber.
If they keep the language they may run afoul of Senate rules, but if they drop it, they could lose crucial conservative votes.
Repeating the experience of House GOP leaders, Senate leaders are stuck trying to make the bill palatable enough to woo moderates, while also keeping the conservatives happy. It’s a tough line to walk, and no one is certain whether it’s been accomplished.
Media outlets which have seen the draft proposal examine how the legislation is different than the House’s version. The bill is expected to be released today after weeks of only selected Republican senators’ work.
Senate Democrats are lobbing a variety of criticisms at the health law efforts by colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but a consistent theme is that Republicans don’t like their own bill.
As Republicans race toward a self-imposed deadline to vote on their legislation, Democrats take steps to slow down work in the Senate.
The party hopes to use the sentiment as a unifying message against Republicans. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders says he supports any tactic the Democrats take to “defeat that horrific piece of legislation.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “bound and determined” to hold a vote on the legislation soon, but there are still a lot of obstacles in the way.
The Washington Post fact checks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s positions on the process of passing a health care bill in 2010 versus now. And other media outlets take a look at how Republicans are struggling with the fact that the legislation is being crafted behind closed doors.
“It’s not a yes or no answer,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says. Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill downplay the reports that the president called the House-passed bill just that.
Even if they resolve their biggest policy disagreements, senators still have to write the rest of the bill, send the full text to the Congressional Budget Office, await the agency’s score and keep 50 Republicans together through a lengthy series of procedural votes.
Democrats, as to be expected, are on the attack over the way Republicans are crafting the health law replacement legislation in secrecy, but even some GOP lawmakers are voicing concerns. Meanwhile, conservatives start to raise red flags about the measure’s failure to curb spending.