Ernst: "No Comment" on Senate Health Care Bill


24 June, 2017

Sen. Dean Heller came out in opposition Friday to draft legislation released Thursday that would overhaul the USA health insurance system.

But Trump didn't articulate what improvements he wanted to see in the Senate bill, even as the comment ruffled feathers in the House.

"It's not the answer, it's simply not the answer", Heller said.

The White House said it is hopeful a final bill will be finished before lawmakers leave Washington later this summer.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill".

For now, it is unclear how Tennessee's republican Senators Alexander and Corker will vote, though Alexander is one who worked on the law in secret.

At the same time, public support for House Republicans' health bill declined. Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to able-bodied adults without children at home, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years.

The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners.

"These are folks that are worth fighting for".

Obama law: People cannot be denied coverage because of pre-existing medical problems, nor can they be charged more because of poor health. "The current bill as written is something that needs to change".

In a speech Thursday from the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., characterized the ACA as a failure that "teeters, literally teeters, on the edge of total collapse".

Other Republican Senators side with the Democrats, that this strips benefits from too many people.

Several more moderate lawmakers, like Sens. The budget office analysis of the Senate measure is expected early next week. If more than two republican senators vote against the bill, it will fail.

Sanfelippo said the bill that passed the Assembly ensures Wisconsin residents who don't maintain their health insurance coverage would have an option through a state-run high-risk pool similar to one that existed before Obamacare passed.

Obama law: Medicaid expansion has enabled many states to provide comprehensive treatment to people caught in the opioid epidemic.

After being briefed on the legislation Thursday morning, Cassidy said the bill "allows Medicaid to grow at the rate of inflation". A White House official said the Trump has pushed his team to stay involved and plans to flex his negotiating muscle, the official said. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points for the full sample.

"Senate Republicans negotiated this bill in the dark, and that's where it should have stayed".

Senate Democrats are largely on their heels in 2018, defending 25 Senate seats compared to Republicans' eight.

Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. Jacky Rosen, who is reportedly announcing a campaign against Heller in the coming weeks.

Many Obamacare enrollees will pay more out-of-pocket for health care services. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision. The Senate would peg the subsidy to the median price of a policy that covers about 58 percent of health costs, roughly equivalent to today's "bronze" plans.

The Republican senator told reporters Friday, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". Moran said he would take his time to examine the legislation. "He's got to keep his base satisfied, which is pretty conservative". Seventy percent thought states should be allowed to have work requirements for people on Medicaid - meaning able-bodied beneficiaries must have or be seeking a job to qualify for the program and 64 percent supported letting states drug test people before letting them get Medicaid.

"[Heller] has been very good in the past of walking both sides", Titus said.

Heller's comments came the day after four conservative senators issued a joint statement saying they can not support the bill unless it is changed.

House GOP leaders say Trump was a big asset in getting the health care bill passed, despite a fight with the hard-right Freedom Caucus that stalled the measure. But Heller did get some fundraising help from conservative Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen.

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