Five GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

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24 June, 2017

"Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Hillary Clinton won the state by 2.4 percentage points, or 27,272 votes.

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 have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", Senator Dean Heller, his party's most vulnerable incumbent in the 2018 elections, said of his constituents. Both the House and Senate bill would phase out the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but the Senate bill does it more slowly. Already, four conservative senators have said they're not at the moment supporting the current form of the bill, but it seems likely that at least some of them can won be back with another round of negotiations.

As we know, the bill was written behind closed doors by Senate Republicans and many Americans, including Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the bill won't be released until next week.

Paul also said it was not clear whether the four senators would stay united as talks continue.

Second, the Senate bill starts from the appalling House draft.

States with a large population receiving Medicare, health insurance for seniors, or Medicaid, government-subsidised insurance for low-income or disabled people, may be negatively affected by the bill in its current draft. It requires individuals to take out health insurance, makes most businesses offer it to staff, provides subsidies to make it more affordable and expands Medicaid.

According to a poll from the Kaiser Famidly Foundation, 55 percent of Americans say the Senate's bill is unfavorable, compared with 30 percent who say it is favorable.

Ernst declined to comment on any other provisions during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, saying, "We have 142 pages to go through". 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. "I think there will be a lot of agreement on it, there will be some questions because it is a very hard thing with a lot of moving pieces".


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