GOP senator: 'No way' health care bill should move forward

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Sen. Dean Heller Friday became the latest Senate Republican to say he opposes the current GOP health care bill.

Sandoval said Medicaid expansion provided coverage to about 210,000 people in Nevada.

Four GOP senators say the newly released Senate health care plan is dead on arrival unless they see some major changes.

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the US Senate on Friday to mobilise support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Sunday said she has "very serious concerns" about Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has a hard time imagining that the bill will pass in the week ahead.

The Senate bill has faced significant blowback from Democrats as well as some Republicans. "That's what I want, make sure that we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", said Heller. After a few minutes of blaming partisan rhetoric and sort of leaning towards the idea that in all likelihood it won't take too much cajoling to get him to vote yes on the bill, Johnson circles back to the timing of everything. "That's not going to happen with us".

A number of Republicans such as Susan Collins and ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill until they had had a chance to read it.

Hospital groups came out against the bill on Thursday.

The Senate Republican bill is a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans; the top one-tenth of the one percent would receive thousands upon thousands of annual tax cuts while some individuals with disabilities lose coverage. He said that the new plan will give Americans less comprehensive health care coverage and estimates that the bill will increase deductibles, defund Planned Parenthood, impose a "crushing age tax" on middle age Americans, and rollback safeguards to prevent lifetime insurance limits.

Barrasso also disagreed with the argument by Durbin and other Democrats that the GOP is trying to dismantle Medicaid to use the money for tax breaks.

Republican Senator John McCain said he would check with his constituents in his home state of Arizona.

Democrats were hoping to scare off as many Republican votes as possible by planning efforts around the country to criticize the measure.

Heller, alongside four other GOP senators to publicly oppose the Obamacare repeal bill that was unveiled Thursday, left the door open to negotiations. Small wonder just 16 percent of Americans think the bill is a good idea.

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.

ROVNER: It's somewhat similar to the House bill, although the cuts would go even deeper.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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