26 June, 2017
"It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference Friday in Las Vegas, but he did not rule out supporting a reworked version. "In this form, I will not support it".
Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office investigation found that improper payments accounted for more than 10% of all Medicaid spending past year. Thursday, they acted on that promise by unveiling the AHCA, a bill that will make deep cuts to Medicaid, end the mandate that requires most Americans have health insurance, and slashes other Obamacare policies.
A health insurance industry trade group says it's encouraged by provisions of the Senate GOP health care bill, but stopped short of voicing support. Referring to Republican senators opposed to the bill, he added: "They want to get some points, I think they'll get some points".
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, has said she opposes the Senate Republican plan for many reasons - starting with the fact it "has no heart" - and has expressed concerns about Medicaid cuts in general.
Appearing next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, Heller announced his opposition to the legislation, highlighting the Better Care Act's proposed substantial cuts to Medicaid. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon. That group said the legislation did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare.
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine said on ABC's "This Week": "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader". Like the House's health care bill, the Senate's proposal is nothing less than an all-out attack on public health and our public hospital system, and its consequences will be devastating for New York City and the country. "Keep going, keep pushing, because we can defeat this bill if we keep working together".
"I know many Senate Republicans have said they are not happy with the secret process Republican leaders have been conducting", Murray said.
Some Republican senators have raised concern about cuts to Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to millions of poor and middle-income Americans.
"Right now the challenge is how do we get to 50", Thune said. And that's precisely what the Senate bill did!
Schumer said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. "It's really sort of astounding that you have states that rejected Obamacare and now in the bill they're being penalized for rejecting it".
Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income children and adults, pregnant women, seniors in nursing homes and people with disabilities. I don't see that leading it.
At the same time, both bills are expected to disproportionately hurt lower-income households by reducing funding for Medicaid and offering less generous subsidies to buy health insurance.
"If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote.
Though the Senate GOP's bill repeals the individual mandate, the legislation maintains numerous ACA tax credits that have helped people buy insurance. Toomey also said the proposal - a parallel bill to one that has been passed by the House - still needs to undergo extensive review and will be subject to amendments.
The CBO is slated to release its analysis of the Senate bill this coming week.