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Revised health care bill draws GOP praise

Revised health care bill draws GOP praise

"I think it's critical for us to take this seriously - very seriously - and at the same time, ensure that not a single person that has insurance today gets in the position where they have to lose that insurance", said Dr. Rahul Gupta, state health officer and commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health.

"If we can't find compromise within our own party, then voters are going to make us accountable".

Both of Georgia's senators are expected to vote in favor of the latest version of the Senate health care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which was released Thursday.

Instead, conservative groups such as Heritage Action for America won the ears of Senate Republicans when it came to changing the Medicaid insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Medicaid spending remains a central issue, and many senators say they are still reviewing the changes in the bill. In fact, in this month's poll more Republicans said health care is headed in the right direction than believed that in April, before the House passed its version of the health care replacement bill.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Texas, came out Wednesday and said he'd vote against it and Sen.

"Obamacare's yearslong hurdle towards collapse is reaching its seemingly inevitable conclusion - total meltdown - which would hurt even more Americans on top of those it has hurt already", said Senate Majority Leader Sen.

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He says any emergency that exists was created by state officials who want to push the alcohol industry out of the market. Kevin Benson stopped short of threatening another lawsuit, but said he's convinced the emergency rules would be invalid.

The draft bill, released on the Senate Budget Committee's website, tries to appeal to conservatives by including a version of an amendment by Sen.

Republicans will have to compromise if they want to pass their health care legislation, but it is unclear if if that means keeping the large Obamacare tax. A nonpartisan government agency has estimated an earlier version of the bill would trim almost US$800 billion in federal spending for Medicaid over 10 years.

One hospital industry lobbyist said there has been no attempt by Republican leadership to have a serious discussion with industry lobbyists or leaders about how to change the bill to win their support. More people now die in the USA annually from drug overdoses than from auto accidents or gunshot wounds.

The plan also keeps a provision from the House plan allowing states to opt out of the federal regulations completely.

Many conservative lawmakers balk at raising the debt limit without conditions, but there is little appetite from congressional leaders to risk a default, and they are likely to seek a bipartisan solution. Like the earlier Senate bill, the latest proposal phases out federal funding for able-bodied, childless adults provided under Obamacare in states that expanded Medicaid.

Heller, the only Republican up for re-election in a state won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a year ago, could be "the make or break vote on health care in the Senate", said Kyle Kondik with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.


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