Sidelined healthcare lobby stymies Republican healthcare effort

Sidelined healthcare lobby stymies Republican healthcare effortBy Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans pushing to overhaul Obamacare largely ignored key players in the debate over insuring the poor: the health insurers and hospitals charged with carrying out the law if it gets approved. Instead, conservative groups such as Heritage Action for America won the ears of Senate Republicans when it came to changing the Medicaid insurance program for the poor and disabled. The snub is fueling health industry opposition to the new plans for Medicaid, and threatens to further frustrate the months-long effort to dismantle Obamacare.



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