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Capito says she’ll weigh Medicaid effect of health care plan

June 24th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Thursday she's evaluating the Senate Republican leadership's proposed health care overhaul and its effect on West Virginians. The draft legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been posted it on her website for constituents to read. Meanwhile, West Virginia's Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he can't support the bill, that from his initial review, it makes severe Medicaid cuts, raises costs for seniors, denies coverage access to people who desperately need drug treatment and gives a tax break to the wealthy. Capito has been the subject of a media campaign in West Virginia urging residents to call her office advocating that she support continuing medical coverage for thousands of people who gained it under the current law. She said on Thursday she'll examine the Senate proposal "using several factors to evaluate whether it provides access to affordable health care for West Virginians."

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