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GOP still trying, but Blumenthal says Obamacare repeal in 'total disarray'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among Americans up and down the income ladder Heritage Foundation's Binion talks GOP's new health care bill
Kenny Thornton | 14 July, 2017, 07:46

However, Sen. Mike Lee, the Utah Republican who was working on the amendment with Cruz, tweeted later that what he was crafting with Cruz was not in the bill, although "something based on it has" been added to the legislation.

The House already has passed its plan, which some Senate Republicans say was too draconian in its cuts to Medicaid, among other concerns. While Cruz has backed the measure, two moderate Republicans, Sen.

It is the latest effort by Republicans to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare. Despite some modest adjustments created to entice wavering Senators, the core is still the same: it would drastically restructure and defund Medicaid, take away coverage from tens-of-millions, and drive up health care costs for millions more.

"It's time we empower those closest to people to work toward better health care that fits the needs of their citizens". Susan Collins, R-Maine, who remains opposed to the bill.

The bill includes a version of an amendment proposed by Sen. The provision would allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act's benefits requirements as long as they sell at least one plan in that state that does comply. John Cornyn, the majority whip, said on Fox News on Thursday morning.

The provisions are a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000; and a 0.9 percent surtax for the Medicare insurance program for the elderly in those income brackets.

Jazz to sign Ekpe Udoh to two-year deal
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"Obamacare is going to collapse", Graham said in a news release.

"Well I think we can pass a better bill - I really believe that", she said.

Protesters gathered outside Senate offices Thursday.

· The individual mandate and employer mandate instituted under Obamacare would be repealed under Senate reconciliation rules, which only require 50 votes.

It's unclear if the changes in the new bill will be enough to unite enough conservatives and moderates in order to advance to debate on the bill and vote on it. I will be very angry about it, and a lot of people will be very upset.

As in the previous version, this draft eliminates a fundamental principle of Obamacare - the requirement that nearly everyone obtain health insurance or face fines, according to a summary of the bill released by the Senate Budget Committee.

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