Four GOP Senators, including Johnson-WI, withhold support from health care bill

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

The Senate Republican health care bill released Thursday faces an uncertain path as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes for a vote next week before Congress leaves for the July Fourth recess.

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House Bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law. It is simply not the answer. Heller said he thought the bill would harm the elderly, the disabled and people battling substance abuse, adding that he is "not confident" it will lower costs for consumers.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #Healthcarebill".

Hogan, a popular governor up for re-election next year, does not have direct influence over what is playing out in Washington and has largely avoided weighing in on national politics. "This bill is a wolf in sheep's clothing", said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

Heller and Sandoval said they believe that Obamacare has problems, but raised concerns with the Senate plan's Medicaid provisions.

This story will be updated. He and others said the bill would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama's coverage requirements that some people find onerous. Trump has since called it "mean", despite celebrating it at the Rose Garden with House Republicans.

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke out against a proposed GOP Senate bill that dismantles the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It did not sound like a lengthier phase-out of the Medicaid expansion would satisfy Heller the way it might satisfy, say, Ohio Sen.

After almost eight years in a dark closet, the Republican Senate's version of a health care bill has finally seen the light of day. Yet it still would force those states, including Nevada to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.

Senators had promised that their ACA replacement would be very different than the version that passed the House in May, but the bill instead follows the House's lead in many ways.

Johnson said he did not agree with GOP leadership's decision to develop the bill in secret.

Similar to the House version of the AHCA, medical groups came out against the Senate's bill not long after it was released to the public. This is a bill that would end Medicaid as we know it, rolling back Medicaid expansion, cutting federal support for the program even more than the House bill, which cut Medicaid by $800 billion.

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