GOP senators now oppose health bill; enough to sink it

Ebony Scott
June 26, 2017

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

In March, when House Republicans published their bill to replace Obamacare-the American Health Care Act-I described it in Forbes this way: "GOP's Obamacare Replacement Will Make Coverage Unaffordable For Millions-Otherwise, It's Great".

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

Many supporters-like Pennsylvania's Republican US Senator Pat Toomey-say they don't think that will necessarily change Medicaid coverage drastically.

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the possibility looms that Wisconsin could lose billions of dollars over time for the very reason the GOP hated Obamacare in the first place.

Hillary Clinton voiced her sharpest criticism yet of the Senate Republicans' healthcare bill in a tweet on Friday afternoon in which she said the GOP would be "the death party" if they pass their proposed legislation. Republicans hold 52 out of 100 Senate seats, so they can afford only two defections; in that case, Vice President Mike Pence would be brought in to break a 50-50 tie.

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The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill.

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But Democrats can never be complicit in a wholesale repeal of Obamacare that would take health coverage away from millions of Americans.

Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart".

"It'll be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said.

The GOP-controlled Senate bill introduced Thursday would phase out federal money to states which opted to expand the low-income health insurance program. "I am really urging leadership to take the time, get this right, get us the information so the American public can really evaluate this - and quite honestly, let's prove some of the rhetoric false", he said. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care or expensive prescriptions. To say the Better Care Reconciliation Act, as the Senate is calling their version of the AHCA (ironically, I presume?), is trash does a disservice to trash. "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said.

"I would like to delay", said Sen.

AARP is already on record against the Senate bill, citing what it calls an "age tax" as well as cuts to Medicaid.

Assistant Director of the Dayton Access Center for Independent Living, Greg Kramer, says cutting Medicaid would hurt many low-income people with disabilities who rely on the program for health care and services.

This is a bill created to strip away healthcare benefits and protections from Americans who need it most, in order to give a tax break to the folks who need it least. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who has not suggested she opposes the measure, declined to comment on its components when asked at a news conference Friday.

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