GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written


The Senate bill needs 51 votes to pass through a reconciliation process.

All together, it shows how long-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump's agenda, as the bill faces critical votes in the Senate as soon as next week that could take it to the precipice of becoming law.

"[The Senate bill] would phase out the expansion of Medicaid that lots of states signed onto to give more people health care, beginning in 2020, and make deeper cuts after that", says Zwillich. That could result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage. He and others said the bill would make health insurance more affordable and eliminate Obama's coverage requirements that some people find onerous. She said she's focusing on senators who previously said they didn't want to cut Medicaid. However, "as now drafted, this bill does not do almost enough to lower premiums".

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the U.S Senate GOP Health Care Bill was finally made public. "I hope that President Trump delivers on his promise to provide more Americans with better health care for less money".

Sen. Chuck Schumer, deeming his fight a matter of "life and death", vowed Friday "to use every single ounce of energy that I have" to defeat the Republican health care bill to repeal Obamacare.

Several Republican senators have already said they oppose the bill, at least as of now. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), issued a joint statement in opposition to the measure, conceding that while there are some improvements in the bill it does not go far enough to provide comprehensive reform.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

The bill was a revised version of a healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives last month.

This bill is better designed than the House version, according to Avik Roy, founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, because it offers more help to older people who can't afford insurance while making coverage cheaper for young healthy people. The budget office analysis of the Senate bill is expected early next week. Reversing course on some of the more popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act, it threatens to leave tens of millions of lower-income Americans without insurance and those with chronic or expensive medical conditions once again financially vulnerable.

Senate bill: Tax credits primarily based on income, age and geography, but would cover a simpler plan. A number of states, including SC, declined to expand Medicaid to provide Obamacare to a larger clientele.