Senate GOP health bill: Cut Medicaid, end no-coverage fines

Assuming every Democrat is a no vote, the GOP can't afford more than 2 of their own senators to vote against the bill.

Speaking at a press conference in his home state Friday, Heller was the first Republican senator to come out swinging against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, while at least seven others have expressed reservations but indicated they're open to negotiations.

He pulled out the Senate Republican bill.

The senator also said that he wants to bring down insurance premiums, which the bill doesn't do. She's set to appear on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Cheered on by the White House, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

"For a long time you had one side just say repeal, you had one side say don't change a word, and now we've got this effort that seems to be more geared towards one side saying we repealed Obamacare then actually fix health care and I think that's disappointing", said Warner.

Despite the misgivings of some GOP lawmakers, Trump administration officials have voiced optimism that the Senate bill will pass. "Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate".

The Senate bill proposes repealing the 3.8 per cent net investment income tax on high earners retroactively to the start of 2017. Most people who use Medicaid are pretty thrilled with it because, in a shocking turn of events, people really enjoy having affordable effective health insurance. He said the state's uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the centrist has some misgivings about the bills as well.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than flawless and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost". The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week. Also under the new bill, states would get a fixed amount of money each year based on enrollment.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called the new Bill "heartless", warning it would eventually cut Medicaid even more steeply than the House legislation, which slashes it by US$800 billion (S$1.1 trillion) over a decade. The bill could be amended to allow for a modified version of the deregulatory waivers included in the House.

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