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Could Senate health-care bill make opioid crisis 'worse'?


Senate Republicans could have at least tried to replace Obamacare with a totally different program design, to justify all their effort and hate directed at the ACA.

In a statement after a draft of the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was released Thursday, Heller said he made clear during debate over the bill that he wanted to "make sure the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion".

"The Medicaid cuts are the part of the Senate bill that probably give us the most heartburn", Moller said. Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that could be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP.

What Doctors Are Saying Groups representing doctors and hospitals are overwhelmingly opposed to the Republican approach, because it's likely to result in millions more uninsured people.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators - conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul.

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion and say individual insurance markets created by it are collapsing.

Far short of "repeal", the Senate bill keeps the Democrats' broken system intact, just with less spending on the poor to pay for corporate bailouts and tax cuts. Currently, the House and Senate replacement bills also focus more on the mechanics of providing health insurance than on reducing the nation's overall health-care spending.

A reduction in federal funding for newly qualified Medicaid recipients would leave expansion states with a hard decision: drop new enrollees entirely, or pay a much larger share of the bill for their coverage. "So, we have 142 pages to go through", she said.

Casey, who is running for re-election for a third term next year, warned that it could also mean coverage losses for people with employer-sponsored insurance, in addition to those covered by Pennsylvania's $30 billion Medicaid program, a federal-state partnership.

"I do think this is a crisis, and I think it's all hands on deck", said McCaskill. The Senate bill can only lose two Republicans and still pass. "Health care is a right in the industrialized world, and it's becoming a right in many countries that are not industrialized". Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected.

Brewer said cutting Medicaid eventually will cause private insurance premiums to rise because people losing coverage will seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Analysis of the bill shows that 344,300 people in Washington would lose health care coverage.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill". "We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product's risks outweigh its benefits", FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Trump appointee, said after the announcement.

Cassidy's concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen.

They also brought their own food on the plane - one metric ton of bamboo from China.

Nearly 2.9 million Pennsylvanians are on Medicaid, or almost 1 in 4 Pennsylvanians, and about 1 million more than a decade ago, according to state figures.

The heads of 10 Medicaid managed care companies sent a letter to McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asking them to rethink the proposed changes.

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