Heller won't back Senate GOP health care bill

Henrietta Strickland
June 24, 2017

Some of the Senate bill's provisions could be political land mines, with individual senators' reactions crucial to determining whether or not Obamacare survives a Republican attack that has been underway since its 2010 enactment.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman said recently he saw no need to rush without enough time to consider the bill's nuances.

Nevada, like most states, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., released a statement Thursday saying even with the latest changes, the bill still was a bad deal for West Virginia.

Democrats have blasted the Senate bill, with some calling it "meaner".

As the die-in was taking place, protesters chanted, "No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty!".

Officials with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization expressed concerns about the potential impacts of the bill's proposed Medicaid program changes and funding cuts, elimination of ACA coverage mandates and other things. "And as in the House bill, young adults up to the age of 26 could stay on their parents' health care plans". "I stand ready to work with anyone to do that, but this bill makes things worse, not better, and I can not support it". If they vote against a repeal bill now, they will be charged with not fulfilling their years-long promise back home.

But Cassidy said he remained "undecided" about the bill.

But the 142-page draft would allow states to drop several benefits which are now mandated, such as maternity care and hospital services, and would also abolish the requirement for most Americans to have health insurance. It would also offer $2 billion in state grants to address the opioid epidemic. McConnell has only a thin margin of error: The bill would fail if just three of the Senate's 52 GOP senators oppose it. US Capitol Police said 43 protesters were arrested and charged with obstruction. If passed, it would mean less coverage for fewer people at higher costs, all while giving a tax cut to the wealthy. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

On the other hand, Sens.

GOP Sens. Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. If the Senate passes its version, the House and Senate would have to settle on compromise legislation before it can be signed by Trump.

But Trump has made a slight about-face about health care reform since cheering the House bill during a Rose Garden ceremony.

"This bill will result in higher costs, less care and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, particularly through Medicaid", Schumer said.

Maybe they're waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to crunch the numbers.

Trump, who had said on Wednesday that he wanted a health plan "with heart", told reporters at the White House that healthcare legislation will require "a little negotiation, but it's going to be very good".

It would also repeal most of the tax increases imposed by the Affordable Care Act to help pay for expanded coverage, in effect handing a broad tax cut to the affluent in a measure that would also slice billions of dollars from Medicaid, a program that serves 1 in 5 Americans, not only the poor but also nearly two-thirds of people in nursing homes. While the US Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business lobbying group, praised the bill for repealing "job-killing taxes", the American Sustainable Business Council, an advocacy group representing more than 250,000 business owners, executives, and investors, likened the proposal to "sticking leeches on an already weak patient".

Those plans do not pay for as much of individuals' medical costs, so people on the exchange would have to either pay more of their own money when buying a more generous policy or else pay more out of pocket for deductibles by getting a bronze plan.

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