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Republicans revamping healthcare bill

DIVIDED HOUSE:The changes would allow federal block grants to states for Medicaid and impose a work requirement for able-bodied recipients, the US House speaker said


Republican Senator Tom Cotton said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. “It’s fixable, but it’s going to take a lot of work,” Cotton said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Moderate Republicans have also expressed concerns about the bill, and their worries are often not the same as that of conservatives.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins worried the bill would harm older Americans, and shift Medicaid costs to states — something critics say a block-grant approach would only make worse.

Collins said coverage issues must also be dealt with, citing a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

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