Republican Senator Vital to Health Bill's Passage Won't Support It


He said that the new plan will give Americans less comprehensive health care coverage and estimates that the bill will increase deductibles, defund Planned Parenthood, impose a "crushing age tax" on middle age Americans, and rollback safeguards to prevent lifetime insurance limits.

In recent weeks, some Republican senators have said they feel uncomfortable with Medicaid cuts being proposed.

After all the drama and secrecy, the GOP Senate's health-care proposal turns out to closely mirror the House version.

"It'll be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said. He said he doubted Democrats would help. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation".

"You can't take over $800 billion out of the Medicaid program and not expect that it's going to have an impact on a rural nursing home", Collins said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Now, the very people who promised to help those communities want to strip them of help and hope, all in the service of tax cuts for the wealthy.

He said that if Republicans come up with a plan that is "demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it". Even if the Senate bill reduced that damage by half, it would qualify as a calamity, if not a crime.

Republicans have been promising full ObamaCare repeal for seven years.

ROVNER: It's somewhat similar to the House bill, although the cuts would go even deeper. Any reasonable Senate Republican, including Sen.

A source of concern for AHIP, however, is that the bill would repeal ObamaCare's mandate for people to get coverage without replacing it with a different policy. "It does not keep our promises to the American people". "Like in the House bill, older people around 58, 59, 62, who were lower income will certainly wind up paying a lot more for their health insurance if this bill passes in its current form".

Trump said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the GOP bill before knowing what was in it. And that amount is going to go up every year slightly, but in the Senate bill would be based on just regular inflation, whereas medical inflation has always been faster.

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

"We are not taking a support or oppose position", Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), told The Hill.

But Mr. Heller did not rule out ultimately voting for a version of the bill. It is expected to run the same calculations on number of insured and cost of premiums for the Senate draft bill early next week.

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor, but he said it was time to act. US Capitol Police said 43 protesters were arrested and charged with obstruction.

Here are the key provisions under the Senate and House health bills that would benefit the highest-income households. That means people with pre-existing conditions in states that seek the flexibility - and you can bet Florida would be among the first in line - may find no coverage or coverage that is prohibitively expensive. Only 13 percent said it would improve the quality of healthcare.