GOP Sen. Susan Collins Firmly Opposes Senate Health Care Bill

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NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now to talk about this.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Ari, the biggest drop would be in Medicaid.

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law.

"I want to see a bill with heart", he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House GOP leaders last month.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., wasn't placing too much faith in CBO's score, noting that in 2010 the nonpartisan agency "overshot its projection of how many people would gain insurance by more than 12 million people" on Obamacare.

The White House is also attempting to exert its influence on the process, with Vice President Mike Pence dining with conservative members of the caucus including Lee, who signed a letter opposing the bill on Thursday. In 2020 and beyond, the change in the risk pool, with older and poorer Americans most likely priced out, would bring these premiums down.

And as for the White House's promises that the Senate bill wouldn't cut Medicaid funding?

Some Republicans have expressed concerns with the way the bill slashes the expansion of Medicaid, America's public health program for the poor and disabled. Net premiums for midlevel silver plans that most consumers now buy would go up 74 percent on average under the Senate bill, from $197 a month to $342.

Moments after the CBO score was released Sen.

"We will continue to keep all options open at this point", the source told CNN.

With just a 52-seat majority, for the bill can pass, only two Republican senators can cast a nay vote against it to win the 50 votes necessary.

Ryssdal: OK. Now to the Medicaid cuts that come as a part of this bill, that is a thing that certainly Heller from Nevada and Sen.

And faced with such options, lots of people won't bother with insurance.

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on congressional Democrats on Twitter Monday, saying: "The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas". And a lot of Mainers are on Medicaid.

"I think it is an Age Tax because there is a presumption that all older people are sicker, and this is not true", Mosman said. With Collins out he's down to one.

SHAPIRO: So walk us through the political strategy here.

Senate Republicans are trying to rally support within their party to vote on, and pass, a new health care bill before the Senate breaks on Monday for a July Fourth holiday recess.

In Paul, GOP leaders have the opposite problem, as the Kentucky senator believes the BCRA does not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare.

Eventually, the Senate bill could have even more far-reaching effects than the CBO forecast shows. It would also change Medicaid very seriously. That is a - would be a generational achievement for conservatives.

Many insurers have already made their decisions, letting state regulators know whether they'll participate and what rates they want to charge for 2018.

Janet I. Jenson is a Salt Lake City attorney who specializes in health care and the former general counsel for Utah's Medicaid program. And, as expected, there are zero Democratic votes. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., one of the five senators opposing the bill.

The CBO also analyzed the Senate bill provision that would allow states to use waivers to modify the health law's essential health benefits that include items like prescription drugs, maternity coverage, mental health and substance abuse.

Senator Rob Portman, of OH, who has not said whether he supports the bill, was "dressed down" by McConnell during a Monday leadership meeting, a senior Republican aide told Reuters. So he's really being hit from the right and the left.

As he did during the House negotiations, Trump has personally pushed for a Senate bill, calling fellow Republicans to mobilise support.

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