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Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill
Parmenio Sano | 24 Giugno, 2017, 04:41

The bill, he said, would not accomplish everything he had hoped to change in the health care market, but that such things could be accomplished later, assuming this bill passes.

Former President Barack Obama criticized a Republican Senate bill proposed Thursday that would repeal and replace parts of his signature Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, calling the measure bad for Americans and saying that it has "fundamental meanness" at its core.

But it also reconfigures subsidies and gives states wider abilities to opt out of regulations and waive essential benefits that are mandatory in insurance plans under current law.

Under Obama's law, Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid coverage to another 700,000 people starting in 2015, largely low-income childless working adults, taking advantage of the more generous federal subsidy.

"If our Republican colleagues were proud of this bill, there'd be a brass band down the middle of Fifth Avenue and every street in America", said Schumer, the Senate's minority leader.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", Heller said.

McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes.

Predictably, Democrats were firm in their opposition to the GOP bill. Sen.

And there are plenty of moderates who haven't weighed in yet.

Scott said his administration is continuing to work with the state's congressional delegation and a bipartisan group of governors through the National Governors Association to stave off harmful impacts.

The Senate version mostly mirrors the House bill but would allow for the continuance of federal subsidies that under the Affordable Care Act are allocated to those who can not afford to pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners. And I don't mean to exaggerate, but in the main, it's very hard to be supportive of something that takes health insurance away from 20 million or so Americans.

Although some cuts are less extreme than those in the bill the House passed in May, others are not, so negotiations will be required to reconcile the differences, if the Senate can pass its bill with a vote expected next week.

Senate Democrats on Thursday launched their strategy to fight the GOP's health care bill by trying to prevent it from getting a quick vote.

Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office.

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

It also said that "states must be explicitly given flexibility to manage their Medicaid programs by changing program requirements in order to meet the needs of their citizens while better controlling program costs".

"This simply not the answer", Heller said.

Toomey, among the Senate's most fiscally conservative members, had a hand in writing the bill and said he likely would vote for it.

Sens. Paul Ryan of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all said they would not support the current bill after its long-awaited reveal.

Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.

"It was just released yesterday".

"For the next couple years, the ACA regime will continue, but then it will transfer to a different set of tax credits", Senator Bill Cassidy said. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

Democrats have assailed Republicans for putting the bill together without a single public hearing or bill-drafting session.

In one instance, Sen.

Sanders will attend one rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and two on Sunday - one in West Virginia and one in Ohio. Some of the GOP senators he'll need to persuade have built their own separate political identities in their home states and may be less inclined to embrace Trump.

AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas. AP reporter Thomas Beaumont contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.


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