Giovedi, 23 Novembre, 2017

Five GOP senators now oppose health bill

Pamela Guccione | 26 Giugno, 2017, 04:25

Moller said he wouldn't presume how Kennedy might vote, but noted the senator's public statements have been critical of Medicaid spending and supportive of efforts to scale back the program. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean.

Perhaps the most sweeping move, however, is that the Senate plan follows the House lead in completely changing how the government pays for health care for the poor and the disabled - and goes even further.

"I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on ABC. "And we'll see if we can take care of that".

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pushed for a vote before the July 4th Independence Day holiday recess that begins at the end of this week.

He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids. "Let's talk about repairing the Affordable Care Act as it exists".

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs. If the four senators - Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mike Lee, R- Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky. - join Democratic senators in opposing the bill, it will be defeated.


The Nevada senator joins four other Republicans in expressing opposition to the draft bill as it is now written.

McConnell said in an interview with Reuters last month that he told Trump early on in the process that he did not need his help but that there may be a role for him later. "They'd like to get certain changes".

The debate underscores the partisan divide in overhauling ObamaCare - former President Barack Obama's signature, 2010 health care law that extends health coverage to millions more Americans but has also struggled with rising premium costs and fewer premium options.

Lawmakers in Washington are still reading through the finer details of the Senate GOP's new healthcare bill, but opponents are already warning it'll give states an impossible choice-either cut services, or spend billions more on healthcare. The Michigan Democrat believes the Senate bill would cut coverage while increasing costs.

An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office is due as soon as Monday and vote by the full Senate is planned for Thursday. It would also cut several taxes established by the Affordable Care Act and would restructure the way health insurance subsidies are distributed to low-to-middle income customers.

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