It would also largely retain the subsidies Obama provided to help millions buy insurance
Democratic senators hold a hearing hosted by Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, Democrat from Mich., (L), with Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat from Oregon, (C), andSen. Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota, about the GOP health care bill , at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite, photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
21 of June 2017 19:14:23
WASHINGTON – Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute's expansion of coverage, lobbyists and congressional aides said.Departing from the House-approved version of the legislation — which President Donald Trump privately called "mean" last week — the Senate plan would drop the House bill's waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.It would also largely retain the subsidies Obama provided to help millions buy insurance, which are pegged mostly to people's incomes and the premiums they pay.https://youtu.be/DHe5tc9QSlEThe House-approved tax credits were tied to people's ages, a change the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said would boost out-of-pocket costs to many lower earners. Starting in 2020, the Senate version would begin shifting increasing amounts of tax credits away from higher earners, making more funds available to lower-income recipients, some of the officials said.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release the measure Thursday morning and hopes to push it through the Senate next week. Some of its provisions were described by people on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.GOP Senate leaders were eager to get a seal of approval from Trump, who had urged them to produce a bill more "generous" than the House's."They seem to be enthusiastic about what we're producing tomorrow," No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters. "It's going to be important to get the president's support to get us across the finish line."Scrapping Obama's 2010 statute is a top priority of Trump and the GOP, but internal divisions have slowed its progress through the Republican-controlled Congress. Democrats say GOP characterizations of Obama's law as failing are wrong, and say the Republican effort would boot millions off coverage and leave others facing higher out-of-pocket costs.The sources said that in some instances, the documents McConnell planned to release might suggest optional approaches for issues that remain in dispute among Republicans.That could include the number of years the bill would take to phase out the extra money Obama provided to expand the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled to millions of additional low earners.
ALAN FRAMRICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR