GOP's Heller won't back Senate health care bill

Henrietta Strickland
June 25, 2017

"If they take away the Affordable Care Act now and the Medicaid that my family's on, we will lose our house", he said. He said it only benefits millionaires.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare. "If President Trump thought the health care bill in the House was mean, I can tell you that the Senate Republican plan is downright nasty", Menendez said.

"I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", Trump said in an interview that aired Friday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". Elaine Rodriguez spoke for many parents saying her disabled daughter, Leandra, depends on Medicaid for medicine and oxygen.

Erin Erickson of Missoula Rises said Friday's plan had originally been to go into Daines' Missoula office and stay until demonstrators were able to speak on the phone with either the senator or Brad Kehr, his legislative assistant on health care matters.

If the Medicaid expansion is rolled back, "what we're going to see is that individuals will delay their health care because they're not going to have coverage", Couture said. A number of other centrist senators-including Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito-have also voiced concerns about the Senate's cuts to Medicaid.

- Eliminates most of the Obamacare tax increases.

For instance, the Senate GOP proposal would still forbid insurance companies from raising premiums or withholding coverage to people with preexisting medical problems - one of the hallmarks of the Affordable Care Act. A supposed solution is a high risk pool, segregating people with pre-existing conditions so that healthy people get cheaper coverage.

Quoting a study of the bill's impact conducted by the liberal Center for American Progress in conjunction with Harvard researchers, the former Democratic presidential nominee wrote, "Forget death panels". North Carolina's pre-ACA high risk pool was well intentioned, but had inadequate funding, high premiums, waiting periods, and low enrollment, particularly among people living with HIV. He is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed it but are open to negotiations, which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy. The North Carolina representative told reporters the Senate bill "does not have enough conservative support" to get by the House without changes. The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has provided access to health insurance for over half a million North Carolinians. He's the associate state director of AARP Arizona. Controversial, because it defunds Planned Parenthood for a year and could also gut programs to treat opioid addiction - a cause championed by Gov. Chris Christie. In 2016, the expansion accounted for 43 percent of Ohio's Medicaid spending on behavioral health, a category that includes substance abuse treatment, according to the Associated Press.

Anyone with political sense should remind the GOP legislators that they govern a closely divided nation, and that perhaps a quarter of its citizens quite literally fear the president who leads their party. We're going to end up right back on the street. That is, of course, why they opposed a larger federal intrusion into health care, fearing that, like their British cousins in Parliament, they'd soon be where people turned whenever a scheduled surgery was delayed. John McCain, were very vocal about their disapproval of the secretive measures of fellow Senate Republicans on this.

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