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

Posted June 26, 2017

Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said the Republican bill "keeps the Democrats' broken system intact".

He added that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

While Donald Trump has reiterated that Obamacare is dead.

The Senate bill has faced significant blowback from Democrats as well as some Republicans. But he said it was time to act.

"We can't afford (Medicaid) now and it appears it may be going in a direction where (it's appropriated) even less (federal) resources over time", William Canary, president of the Business Council of Alabama (PARCA), said after a panel discussion on the 2017 state legislative session hosted by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama.

As premium costs rise, more healthy people drop out, which causes costs to rise even further. Walker said he's spoken with McConnell and other Senate leaders and called on them to change the bill before holding a vote. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. He said the changes he is seeking to the bill would go in the opposite direction of those sought by other current "no" votes - conservative hard-liners including Texas Sen.

The spotlight is even more focused on four conservative Republican senators who say that they can not vote for the bill as it stands now.

"It may be a squeaker, but I have a lot of confidence in the ability and the manoeuvrability of McConnell", Lott said.

We see exactly what you're doing - and you should expect to be held fully accountable.

On Friday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who expanded his state's Medicaid program through the ACA, said the Senate bill would cost his state about $500 million. The state's hospital association is vigorously opposed to the plan, calling the Medicaid cuts "a massive shift of financial risk and burden from the federal government to states, local healthcare providers and Arizona patients and families".

The Senate bill would also deliver roughly $1 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years, including cuts to the rates wealthy Americans pay on investment income and to a levy charged to health insurance companies. By repealing the ObamaCare taxes in a healthcare bill, Republicans would not have to find ways to offset those tax cuts in tax-reform legislation, making the task easier. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders. "It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it", backing his comment on analyses in the United States media and the Congressional Budget Office's assessment which has projected that the new bill would leave 14 million Americans uninsured the very next year and the figure would reach to 23 million by 2016.

We're going to have to see what the Congressional Budget Office says about what this would do the insurance system and what it would do the federal deficit.

But Urtz is concerned that the Senate bill would allow states to seek waivers letting insurers impose limits on how much coverage a person can get. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024. Sandoval also asked if it's "really realistic" for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility.

The 142-page plan would extend the life of President Obama's Medicaid expansion and offer more generous subsidies for the poor and those approaching retirement age than the House plan. That was a big problem before Obamacare that often led to higher costs for everyone else.

Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change".

"What I'd like to do is slow the process down, get the information, go through the problem-solving process, actually reduce these premiums that have been artificially driven up because of Obamacare mandates".

For the next two years, the Senate would also provide money that insurers use to help lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower income people.