Five GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

McConnell wants a vote before his members head home to face their constituents over Congress' Fourth of July recess - maybe even before they have a chance to fully digest the bill, which would shake up an industry that comprises one-sixth of the USA economy and safeguards the health and well-being of more than 300 million Americans.

The bill in its current form may not just alienate conservative voters and lawmakers who think it doesn't go far enough but also may not assuage moderates like Heller and others enough to get their votes, either. His biggest concern involves dismantling the Medicaid expansion that he enacted in Louisiana, which has given insurance coverage to 430,000 people.

He said he has made his views clear to the party leadership and the White House. Republican governors and state legislatures refused to set up exchanges that would make insurance more affordable and declined the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage.

McConnell needs nearly every Republican to support the bill.

Republican Senator Rand Paul said he remains open to supporting the Senate healthcare bill but only under certain circumstances. "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week". So it would basically erode the ability of states to pay for their Medicaid programs.

"The fact we think this bill will spend more next year than Obamacare spends now, that doesn't sound like repeal", said Paul, who added that he will be negotiating as a team with fellow conservative holdouts Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah. If the federal government caps its Medicaid contributions, medical care for more than 1 million children on Medicaid in Pennsylvania will suffer, because their needs will be forced to compete with the needs of the disabled, elderly and parents, children's groups said.

Former President Barack Obama spoke against political divide between Democrats and Republicans and urged lawmakers to blur party lines to act in the interests of the American people. The Senate bill, which they call the Better Care Reconciliation Act, resembles the version passed by House Republicans last month but with some key differences.

There have been reports Senate Republican leaders want to vote on the bill next week. Sen.

For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal Obamacare. The former Vice President Joe Biden also criticized the Senate Republican health care bill on Twitter using words that largely echoed Obama's Facebook statement.

Tom Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services defended the Senate health care bill draft, telling CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that "the plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down". Instead, slashing Medicaid spending creates fiscal headroom for what is euphemistically being called "tax reform" - a soon-to-come package of huge tax cuts favoring the wealthy. In fact, one important change in the Senate's bill would likely make those significant problems much worse.

Although conservatives have pushed back against the "caustic tone" in opposition of the bill, for many Americans whose health care will be affected, the stakes, as they've demonstrated, are really that high.

Much of the architecture of the House's American Health Care Act has been left intact. "She has a number of concerns and will be particularly interested in examining the forthcoming CBO analysis on the impact on insurance coverage, the effect on insurance premiums, and the changes in the Medicaid program", Clark said.

"They fight each other", the USA leader continued.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on Sunday she has extreme reservations about the U.S. Senate's healthcare overhaul and does not think it will be able to pass this week.

Senate Republicans could have at least tried to replace Obamacare with a totally different program design, to justify all their effort and hate directed at the ACA.

"It may be a squeaker, but I have a lot of confidence in the ability and the maneuverability of McConnell", Lott said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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