22 Million Americans Could Lose Health Insurance Under Senate Bill
The Congressional Budget Office says the number of uninsured people in the United States would rise to 22 million within the next ten years under the Senate health care bill.
The Senate's bill would replace the Affordable Care Act, a law that former President Barack Obama supported. The Affordable Care Act is often called Obamacare. Republicans have spent about seven years attempting to cancel Obamacare.
The CBO said in a study released Monday that the Senate bill would decrease the federal budget deficit by $321 billion by 2026.
This is the second health care bill to be considered in Congress. Both the House and the Senate have different health care bills. In order for a bill to become law, it needs to pass both the House and the Senate and be signed by the president.
Senate leaders plan to vote after the July 4th holiday on their version of the bill. Currently, Americans are required to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not. The Senate's bill would end that requirement.
In addition, the bill would end subsidies meant to help lower-income people buy insurance. It would also decrease some taxes on higher-income people. And it would cut billions of dollars of government funding for the health care program for poor and disabled people over the next few years.
Opposition to the bill
To pass a bill in the Senate, a majority of senators must vote for the bill. If there is a tie, the vice president can vote to break the tie. Currently Republicans hold 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate. All 46 Senate Democrats are expected to vote against the bill. In order for the bill to pass, Republicans can risk losing only two of their senators.
A group of Republican senators has already said they will not vote for the bill in its current form.
When Obamacare became law in 2010, it passed without any Republican votes. Since the 2016 elections, Republicans gained control of the presidency, the House and the Senate. A change to Obamacare could be possible now.
About 20 million people have received insurance with Obamacare. Many of those people are covered under the government's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.
The two bills to change Obamacare propose to cut about $800 billion in federal funds for Medicaid over the next few years. President Donald Trump had stated during his campaign for office that he would not cut Medicaid funding.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told ABC that he hopes that Republicans will talk with Democrats and work together on a solution to make Obamacare better.
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And I'm Olivia Liu.
1.health care 医疗卫生
He's already solicited their support on health care reform.
2.work together 共同合作
They live and work together in complete equality and brotherhood.
3.vote against 投票反对
He would vote against it on principle.
4.In addition 另外
You need money and time; in addition, you need diligence.
1.Currently, Americans are required to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not.
pay a fine 交罚款
The judge condemned him to pay a fine.
One must pay a fine for overdue library books.
2.To pass a bill in the Senate, a majority of senators must vote for the bill.
a majority of 大多数的
Members of parliament approved the move by a majority of ninety-nine.
Another minister clung on with a majority of only 18.
参议院医保法案将取代前总统奥巴马支持的《平价医疗法案》，该法案还被称为“奥巴马医改” 。7年来，共和党人一直试图废除该法案 。
这是国会审议的第二版的医保法案 。参议院和众议院分别提出不同的医保法案 。该法案必须在两院都获得通过并经总统签字才可成为法律 。
参议院领袖计划在7月4日国会休会前对新医疗法案投票表决 。目前，美国人必须购买医保，否则会面临罚款 。参议院的法案将废除这一要求 。
此外，该法案将终止旨在帮助低收入群体购买保险的补贴，还会降低针对高收入群体的税收 。未来几年，该法案还会削减政府为穷人、残疾人提供的约数十亿美元的医保资金 。
若在参议院通过一项法案须获得多数参议员的投票 。如果票数相当，副总统可参与投票打破平局 。目前，在参议院100个席位中，共和党占有52个席位 。预计剩下的46位民主党参议员将投票反对该法案 。想要通过这项法案，共和党可能只会损失两票 。
2010年，“奥巴马医改”在没有“共和党”议员投票支持的情况下获批成为法律 。自2016年大选以来，共和党掌控参众两院 。“奥巴马医改”或朝不保夕 。
约2000万人通过奥巴马医保法案获得了保险 。其中多数人是通过政府为穷人和残疾人提供的“医疗补助计划”获得医保 。
即将取代奥巴马医保法案的两版法案建议：未来几年将“医疗补助计划”的联邦资金削减约8000亿美元 。特朗普总统在竞选期间曾表示，他不会削减医疗补助资金 。
参议院民主党领袖查克·舒默（Chuck Schumer）对美国广播公司（ABC）表示，他希望共和党人能够与民主党人协商共谋，改进奥巴马医保法案 。