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Shaheen, Hassan don’t find good news in new health bill

  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks to reporters, joined at left by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as they talk about health overhaul following a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite

  • Maggie Hassan Jim Cole


Associated Press
Friday, July 14, 2017

New Hampshire’s Democratic U.S. senators are not finding good news in the latest version of the health care bill released by GOP leaders.

Jeanne Shaheen said the fundamentals of the current bill haven’t changed. She said it would still drive up premium costs, eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions and make cuts to Medicaid. Shaheen said additional funding for the opioid epidemic doesn’t come close to compensating for the treatment resources that the bill eliminates.

Maggie Hassan said it is “abundantly clear” that there is no fixing the bill, and that she stands ready to work with anyone who is serious about lowering health care costs.