Collins still undecided on Senate health care bill

Sen. Dean Heller R-Nev. during a press conference where he announced he will vote no on the proposed GOP healthcare bill at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on Friday
Health insurers says Senate bill's Medicaid cuts to hurt states

26 June, 2017

Johnson, one of five GOP senators who has announced opposition to the bill as written, said there's not "enough time" to review and improve it before a planned vote Thursday - just one week after the secretly drafted bill was made public.

SPICER: I think the President is very supportive of the Senate bill. It also would end tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance policies and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers, while phasing out the extra money given to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to offer insurance to the working poor.

Senator Manchin also said the Republicans do not have the votes to get the bill passed this week.

Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark reform of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Despite his frustrations "about the process" - which Lee condemned as being too secretive - "and my disagreements with the substance" of the bill, the senator would support adding a provision that allows states and residents to opt out of the federal plan and experiment with different forms of insurance and coverage.

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral", President Trump said.

He added that "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".

Without significant changes in the proposal, the senator said he'll vote with Democrats to block it from reaching the Senate floor.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes if they hope to pass their bill.

"I would like to delay", he said. Charles Schumer of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA as "obstructionists". Much of the nation's $3 trillion health care industry opposes the bill.

Johnson, elected in 2010 running against Obamacare, also said on NBC's "Meet The Press" program that the debate on revising health care has not been based on facts.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And how do you think that will affect what you and the states will be able to do for children, so many people who are ill?

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".

"But I think they're going to get there", Trump told "Fox and Friends".

On Father's Day, Frank Urtz of Shorewood found out his 28-year-old daughter has chronic leukemia.

"It's so devastating to the middle class", he said on ABC, putting the Republicans' chances of passing the current bill at "50-50".

And under this proposal, what they're saying is, we're no longer going to figure out what it costs and then share it. What kind of people do this just so the rich can get a modest tax cut?

The Congressional Budget Office plans to issue its analysis of the new bill as early as Monday.

When Senate Republicans released their revision of the bill last week after writing it in secret, Obama thought the same thing.

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