Washington, DC — On the same day Republicans are set to begin work on their health care legislation, the Senate is set to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Cornyn both promised to work with Democrats to craft a bill that includes changes to Medicaid and the ACA.
The plan would replace the ACA’s Medicaid expansion with a block grant system that would take Medicaid money away from states and instead give it to the states.
Under this plan, states could make changes to their health insurance programs, such as by raising premiums or cutting services, but the block grant would not provide subsidies or other subsidies to help people buy insurance.
The proposal is being opposed by both major political parties, but there are no polls indicating a large number of Americans would vote for it.
The Senate plan is being held up by Republican Sens.
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington.
The Congressional Budget Office has said that even if it passes the Senate, the legislation would lead to 16 million fewer people gaining health insurance by 2026, as many as 20 million fewer Americans gaining insurance in the first two years of the replacement plan.
The CBO has projected that the replacement would result in 16 million more people losing coverage by 2027.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Board released a study on the House plan this week that showed that the bill would reduce the number of people who gained insurance, as well as the number who would be able to afford insurance.
“It is essential that our health care system has the resources and the incentives it needs to ensure that it remains affordable for everyone, regardless of income, geographic location, or medical history,” Murray said in a statement, “and the Senate should take advantage of the fact that the Senate’s plan would do just that.
This bipartisan approach to the issue would make sure the Affordable Health Care Act is able to work well in the years ahead, as our nation works to recover from this terrible tragedy.”
While it is still unclear if the Senate bill will pass, Republican senators are taking steps to try to get it through the Senate.
The House bill would have to pass through the full chamber first, and then the Senate would need to pass the replacement bill first before it could be brought to President Donald Trump’s desk.
A bill introduced in the Senate last month by Sens.
Patty Murray and Lisa Murkowski would replace Obamacare’s Medicaid program with a one-year block grant, while the House bill proposes a block-grant system.
Murray and Murkowski said that they believe the Senate proposal is the most realistic.
“We think this proposal will be a very viable, reasonable, and realistic proposal for Medicaid and its expansion,” Murray told reporters in the Capitol Wednesday, referring to the Senate plan.
Murray, Murray, and Murkel’s bill would replace Medicaid with a system that takes money away to states and then gives it to those states to pay for coverage.
Under the Senate-passed legislation, states would have the option of expanding Medicaid, but it would require them to accept a block grants payment to the federal government.
If a state chooses to expand Medicaid, the federal health care agency would pay for 90 percent of the cost of the expansion.
If that payment is not made, the state could opt to make its own payments through a tax on income.
The federal government would pay a third of the costs of expanding coverage, while states would receive a third.
The block grants funding would be made available through a block waiver, and the bill also would set up a mechanism to keep the money coming from states until the federal money runs out, rather than leaving it in the states until it runs out.
Murray said the bill has been vetted and passed by both chambers.
“The president has spoken about this bill, so he knows exactly what we’re trying to do, and he’s willing to go through the process to get the bill passed, and I think it’s going to pass, and it’s important for all of us to have this conversation,” Murray added.
The legislation would also create a new federal health insurance program, the Affordable Healthcare Act, that would provide tax credits for people to buy insurance and also allow insurers to sell policies across state lines.
The bill would provide $8 billion in funding over five years for the Medicaid expansion, according to Murray.
Murray is pushing for changes to the bill, including an increase in the cap on the Medicaid amount available to states.
Murray also wants to see more competition among insurance companies.
“When you talk about health insurance competition, it’s a big thing, because people want to have choices.
When you have competition, you have more choices,” Murray, who is a former member of Congress, said.
“What the Senate needs to do is pass the bill with the block grants, and we’re going to have competition.”
The Senate bill has attracted significant support from conservative groups and a coalition of religious and business groups, who say that the changes are necessary to make the health care law work.