Hospitals, doctors and insurers criticize health bill | Hillary Clinton to launch ‘resistance’ PAC - MarketWatch

ReutersPresident Donald Trump congratulates House Speaker Paul Ryan at a White House celebration after the House passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday. Hospitals and doctors, among others, are criticizing the bill.

In a rare moment of unity, hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups are urging significant changes, at minimum, to the Republican health-care bill that passed the House on Thursday, writes the New York Times.

The prospect of millions of people being unable to afford coverage if the bill becomes law led to an outcry from the health-care industry as well as consumer groups. They found an ally in some insurers, who rely heavily on Medicare and Medicaid as mainstays of their business. The bill, which is expected to undergo changes in the Senate, makes deep cuts to Medicaid.

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Senate readies own bill: Senators aren’t content to just take up the House-passed bill, as comments collected by the Washington Post indicate. “I think there will be essentially a Senate bill,” said Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the fourth-ranking Senate Republican.

One potential area for change: Republican senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — have voiced concerns about rollbacks to that program in the House bill. Those senators include Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

Clinton’s ‘resistance’ PAC: CNN reports Hillary Clinton will soon launch a political organization aimed at funding “resistance” groups that are standing up to President Donald Trump. Trump’s Democratic foe in the 2016 presidential election is working with former aides and donors to build an organization that will look to fund and invest in groups that have impressed her since she lost the contest, CNN says.

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Freedom Caucus working on tax plan: The conservative House Freedom Caucus is crafting a tax-reform bill as the subject heats up in Congress, Politico reports. The caucus, which roiled an early effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, would be parachuting into what promises to be a pitched battle over another marquee issue. Politico says members appear to be more aligned with the Trump administration on how deep tax cuts should be.