GOP, Dem governors agree with Trump, call health bill 'mean'

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GOP, Dem governors agree with Trump, call health bill 'mean'

WASHINGTON | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system.

Now, the Senate is trying to revamp the repeal bill recently passed by the Senate, and praised by President Trump, which the Congressional Budget Office says would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 23 million within a decade. Republican leadership have said they will vote on the bill once they are sure they have the 50 votes they need. I always believe legislation is best crafted through the normal order. "Seems like around here, the last step is getting information, which doesn't seem to be necessarily the most effective process". And McConnell has given the bill fast-track status so the Senate can vote on it with no hearings.

"I think we shouldn't have new entitlements that will go on forever in a Republican plan to fix healthcare", Paul told a small group of reporters.

The release also said that the bill would "generate close to $1 billion to be used for new mental health services as soon as the acceleration is complete".

Collins said she's been kept in the dark, except for one meeting with the Republican lawmakers, which she described as a "fragmentary outline". "Where we stand is that the bill the House passed simply won't work". Polls have shown little public support the House bill.

Aside from making changes to the state's Medicaid program, Senate leader Phil Berger said in a statement Thursday that the new bill would help address findings from the audit by banning the state-funded mental health agencies from spending tax dollars on "alcohol, first-class airfare, charter flights, holiday parties or other social gatherings".

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Since Democrats have 48 votes against dismantling the existing law, any three Republican senators could put a stop to this fantastically anti-democratic process.

A tortuous route to a possible 2017-18 revenue plan took another twist Friday, when the West Virginia House of Delegates replaced the Senate's freshly minted latest variation of its plan to raise sales taxes and cut income taxes with a plan that, technically, was approved by a House-Senate conference committee on Tuesday.

The senators are actively considering two measures that would limit funding for abortions, though it is not clear if either would be allowed to remain in the bill according to the Senates rules.

In all, more than 14 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the expansion. Medicaid is typically free for those who qualify.

Many conservatives are anxious that the bill is being changed to win over moderate Republicans, for example by allowing a longer phase-out of Medicaid expansion funds.

"I really don't want to see us vote before the July 4th break". Typically, the federal government pays about two-thirds of the cost, with the states picking up the rest. "I think that was the right approach". However, after subsidies are accounted for, net premiums would be about 5 percent higher, or $19 more per month, it said.

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