Johnson: Senate bill doesn't address health care costs

"The Senate bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage for them". A lie is a lie.

If Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are successful, one of the biggest winners would be the wealthy.

A small group of Senate Republicans led by McConnell released the bill on Thursday, but it didn't get the reception they were expecting.

In fact, Democrats, including President Barack Obama when he was in office, have said repeatedly they would like to work with Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And without Obamacare's Individual Mandate, paying for actual, quality pre-existing-condition coverage begins to get wildly expensive, because there won't be enough healthy people in the pool to balance out the people who are in immediate need of health care. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, has signaled his misgivings about the Senate Republican proposal.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said. Americans deserve better than this highly partisan, secretive bill.

But those "circumstances" have been created by the GOP itself. They want to get some points.

"Page by page, this Republican plan forces Americans to pay more for less, less comprehensive health care coverage", said Sen. "And we'll see if we can take care of that". It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Talk about income redistribution.

Some moderate Republicans worry it goes too far.

What is unmistakable is the Senate bill's thorough gutting of Medicaid as an entitlement, a long-held Republican goal. Low-income Americans who now buy their own insurance would also lose federal help in paying their deductibles and co-payments.

The bills would also end the Obamacare prohibition on paying for over-the-counter medications with funds from tax-advantaged health accounts. "Depending on how states structure the waivers, states could allow insurers to remove numerous benefits or services they are required to offer now".

"We strongly urge the Senate to reject this bill". "Cassidy's public statements have raised the most concerns and objections about the bill that passed the House and he's been very clear in saying that he wants a bill that preserves coverage", Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, said Friday. This is only a "compromise" between two very right-wing policies.

Several GOP senators pressed Senate leaders, unsuccessfully, to include additional funding for addiction treatment to compensate for the spending cuts to Medicaid. Nowhere in this deal is your position taken into account. Ben Ray, a senior communications adviser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a post on Twitter that Heller's video footage from Friday's press conference is "already clipped and saved".

In one, she called on constituents to contact their senators to voice their concern about the bill.

The Senate could vote as early as this week on the health care bill.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington. "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".