Walker Backs Johnson Opposition On GOP Health Bill

Olive Rios
June 25, 2017

A day after saying he had "serious concerns" over the Senate's health care reform bill, Sen.

Next week, the U.S. Senate will consider the "Better Care Reconciliation Act", (BCRA), its version of legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare" or the ACA). Others worry it goes too far.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. Several other Republicans, including moderate Susan Collins of ME, are still undecided about the legislation.

Heller is up for re-election in 2018 and is considered one of the most vulnerable GOP senators. And that's precisely what the Senate bill did! At the time, it was widely derided as a frankly despicable attempt to take healthcare provisions away from the poorest members of society and give an offensively large tax cut to the rich. It keeps protection for people with pre-existing conditions, but states can opt-out of covering some basic services such as wellness visits.

The GOP-proposed bill would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others.

Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "I think we're going to get there".

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", said Heller.

The bill was hashed out behind closed doors, a process that's dismayed many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, according to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Already, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is preparing to challenge him. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky have said they are "not yet ready" to support the plan, although they are willing to negotiate changes that could get their backing.

All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump's agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law. Luther Strange, R-Ala., told CBN News.

"It was just released yesterday".

Trump says he believes his majority party is "going to get there".

Senators are likely to have only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the 142-page bill, which was unveiled on Thursday.

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