24 June, 2017
Senate Republicans on Thursday morning released a draft of their secretive Obamacare replacement bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017". The conclusion is that this plan would have an impact on thousands of CT residents, for some, increasing their health care costs and for others, ending their health care coverage.
As it stands, the Senate draft of the AHCA will make drastic cuts to Medicaid - even bigger than the cuts in the original House bill, which amounted to over $800 billion - screwing over mostly poor and elderly people. S. Toomey must vote no on the Senate bill.
The Senate proposal is broadly similar to the bill passed by House Republicans last month, with a few notable differences.
Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee said publicly on Thursday that they are not ready to vote for the bill as is, although they are open to negotiations to change it. He said the state's uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward.
Heller, meanwhile, was skeptical Friday that Senate leadership was going to be able to provide the concessions he would need to support the bill.
LINDA BLUMBERG: What you don't want to have is a situation where you're saying, we're going to have everybody, regardless of their health problems, come in and then have all of the healthy people exit the market because then the average cost of those who remain goes up really high.
Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs. The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states.
Heller's position potentially adds to the difficulties the GOP faces in changing the plan to secure votes from at least 50 of its 52 members.
Democrats are expected to unanimously vote against the bill.
Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.
The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.