A group of businesses is raising concerns that a health care overhaul passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate -- originally intended to cut health care costs -- will actually increase costs to consumers. "While each bill has some positive aspects, we are writing about several key provisions we find so problematic, due to their increased costs for employers and consumers and their potential to destabilize the health care sector, that they greatly outweigh any beneficial provisions contained in the bills," the business groups wrote in a letter to House-Senate negotiators. The concerns highlight the difficulty lawmakers will have negotiating a final health care bill before the legislative session ends in two weeks. The Massachusetts Senate in November passed a major bill aimed at lowering health care costs. The House in June passed a bill that it described as a way to improve the fiscal health of community hospitals. Both bills contain some similar provisions, but a large … [Read more...] about Business groups worry that House, Senate health care bills will raise premiums
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Driving the Day BULLETIN at 5:46 a.m. -- “BRUSSELS (AP) - EU fines Google record 2.42 billion euros ($2.7 billion) for breaching competition rules in online shopping service.” Good Tuesday morning. BUZZ IN THE CAPITOL -- If Senate Republicans pass their health care bill Friday, House GOP leadership is planning to keep the chamber in session over the weekend until they pass the legislation, according to multiple sources familiar with their plans. There’s an unusual level of confidence among House Republicans that they’ll be able to pass the Senate bill. Color us much more skeptical. Story Continued Below A REMINDER -- 22 MILLION MORE UNINSURED … The CBO score, per NYT’s Tom Kaplan and Robert Pear: “[T]he report said premiums for older people would be much higher under the Senate bill than under current law. As an example, it said, for a typical 64-year-old with an annual income of $26,500, the net premium in 2026 for a midlevel silver plan, … [Read more...] about SENATE HEALTH CARE bill ‘on brink of defeat’ – W.H. warns on Syria — LIPPMAN/HARRIS on how Trump has disrupted D.C. social rituals – HATCH’s dueling fundraisers
Last Updated Dec 30, 2009 3:54 AM EST The Senate passed their version of the health care legislation on December 24 by a party-line vote of 60-39. A look at both the House and Senate drafts suggests that the final bill likely to reach President Barack Obama for his signature in January will not be as unkind to drug makers as originally feared. The compromise bill likely to emerge from a House-Senate conference will extend health insurance coverage to an estimated 30 million Americans who don't have it or who can't afford it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office pegs the cost at $871 billion over the next ten years -- to be financed through new taxes and combined Medicare/Medicaid savings of $438 billion (spending cuts (ha!) and cost controls, such as targeted reductions in waste, fraud, and other abuses in public programs). Drug makers are being profiled for a $2.3 billion annual industry tax for the next decade under the Senate bill (effective for sales beginning January … [Read more...] about Senate Health Care Bill Shows Sky Is Not Falling On Drug Makers
WASHINGTON -- A vote on the Senate health care bill is on hold while Republican Senator John McCain recovers from surgery. His vote is needed to get the bill through -- and even that might not be enough. Meanwhile, the 80-year-old politician had well wishes from his colleagues. "Our friend from Arizona is a pretty tough guy as we all know," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. That tough guy was recuperating at his home in Phoenix on Monday where sources say McCain was well enough to take calls from staffers and fellow senators including South Carolina's Lindsey Graham. CBS News asked Graham how McCain's recent health setback was discovered. "Routine check," Graham said. "He [McCain] goes back every so often, but he had not been feeling good. He was really tired ... he flies all over the world all the time and I was getting really worried about him." On Friday, McCain's surgeons performed a "minimally invasive craniotomy" -- an incision through the skull -- to remove … [Read more...] about McCain recovers from surgery as vote on health care bill remains on hold
Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 3:24 PM EDT The Senate voted 51-50 on Tuesday afternoon on a motion to proceed to a health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. For seven years, repealing the health care law has been one of the central organizing principles of the GOP -- but they've found it difficult to deliver on it now that they're actually in power. With the vote on Tuesday narrowly passing, the Senate began debate on a bill to replace the ACA that passed the House in March, voting on a series of amendments to that legislation. How did we get to this moment?Here's a timeline of health care reform efforts during the President Trump's time in office and during the 115th Congress:January 20Mr. Trump signed an executive order on his first day in office aimed at tackling Obamacare's individual mandate. The individual mandate requires Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. February 5Mr. Trump gave … [Read more...] about How has the health care debate unfolded this year?