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Feeling pain: 500k Kentuckians could lose coverage with ACA repeal

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A bill the Senate could vote on next week to repeal parts of Obamacare without a replacement would make the insurance market unstable, increase premiums and increase by 32 million the number of uninsured people, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), speaks with the media about the recently withdrawn healthcare bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2017.

One of the follow-on effects of the elimination of the mandate would be an estimated 25 percent increase in premiums, in the first year after passage, for people who still purchase plans through the healthcare exchanges created by the ACA. Even in the first year after passage, despite the delay of actual repeal, CBO estimates that the bill would drive down the number of Americans covered by insurance by 17 million. Along the way, more than 550,000 Kentuckians would lose coverage they gained under the ACA.

Mr Trump's call to action on Obamacare, at a White House lunch with 49 senators, was in sharp contrast to his hands-off approach to the Senate's work over the past few weeks.

"I don't think anyone's mind is going to get changed sitting right there, but it gives us a chance to frame it where we have our differences". Then he leaned on them.

And once this happens, the Republicans promise they will then get around to someday replacing Obamacare.

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At that lunch, beneath the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the White House's State Dining Room, Trump made clear he wanted the senators to go back to the drawing board before heading out on vacation in August.

This strategy has been unsuccessful so far because, with 52 members, Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes. If President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress draw from both parties for a solution, they will deserve credit for the success. Almost all of today's current Republican senators voted for the 2015 bill. "And this bill is on my desk and we can sign it and celebrate for the American people".

Ms Capito, speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting on Wednesday, expressed some doubts the Senate vote on a repeal-only healthcare bill would actually occur next week.

It's the same measure all Republicans voted for in 2015. During his remarks, the president declared that only repealing the ACA was an option, although he would prefer GOP lawmakers pass their own health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Reuters reports.

Trump also joked with one Republican senator about his opposition to the bill. Two different versions of repeal-and-replace legislation fell short of votes before coming to the floor, pushing him to announce Monday night that he would retreat to a repeal-only bill that had passed Congress when Obama was in office. "So we need a "yes" vote".

According to Dustin Pugel, a research policy associate for the Kentucky Center of Economic Policy, a lot of Kentuckians would feel pain.

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