Senator Schatz speaks out on Senate health care bill

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

In a Sunday interview on Fox News, Trump said: "Healthcare is a very, very tough thing to get". On Friday, Heller, a vulnerable Senator facing re-election, said he wouldn't be able to support the legislation in its current iteration; Collins also expressed "very serious concerns" during the Sunday morning shows circuit and added she doubted McConnell could get the requisite 50 votes for passage this week.

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He becomes the fifth GOP senator to say he will not back the bill as it is now written, and the first in Senate Republicans' so-called moderate wing.

"For immediate stability of the individual market, there are a lot of things in this bill that are really positive", Grow said.

"We have to send the message to our elected officials and we depend on our elected officials to champion our cause in Washington", said Pamela Clarke, the health center's CEO. "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill".

He also says the privatization of Iowa's Medicaid services has hurt the state's health care system.

And in a separate statement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state's progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the "number one tool" in the fight against opioids. "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it".

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy", Trump said.

Collins said based on what she knows about the inflation rate, she expects the Senate bill to make even deeper Medicaid cuts than the House bill passed earlier this year.

An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office is due as soon as Monday and vote by the full Senate is planned for Thursday. "I haven't seen that yet", Walker told reporters.

"We're trying to hold him back a little bit", Cornyn said with a smile.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

"Medicaid is the primary payer when it comes to nursing homes".

- Gives each state a fixed amount of Medicaid funding, forcing states to make cuts when money runs out.

Both Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Veteran Senator John McCain said the draft bill was better than Obamacare in "100 ways", but like many Senators wanted to study the bill further and consult with his state's governor. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I'd probably would vote it.

"I want to get to yes, and the way to get to yes is to fix the underlying problems". Famous last words, right?

President Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare during his campaign, praised the Senate's bill, but noted changes were likely. "We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

The former President and namesake for the existing Affordable Care Act healthcare law took to Facebook to express his concern over the replacement bill set to be voted upon in the Senate that would benefit the wealthy with massive tax cuts as well as pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

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