Overall, states could see a $215 billion cut in federal funding for health insurance through 2026, the consulting firm Avalere found in a study released last week, before senators revised the bill. (If Collins, Paul and McCain continue to be no votes on the bill, it will fail). A spokesman for Mr. Paul said on Monday that the senator's position had not changed.
Considering, conservatives leaders such as Utah's Mike Lee and Arkansas's Tom Cotton have already voiced positivity toward the bill alongside common Republican moderates writing the bill such as Heller and Graham, this could be a turning point for momentum within the GOP. States would still be obligated to explain how their plans will maintain "adequate and affordable" health coverage for people with preexisting conditions, but health groups have warned this is a significant weakening of protections. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push. It's not clear yet whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will still bring the bill to the floor for a vote now that its fate is clear.
Moments after the gavel struck to open the Senate's only hearing on the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill, dozens of activists, many in wheelchairs, broke out into chants and caused the session to go into recess.
Collins' announcement makes it nearly impossible for senators to reach that threshold, unless they can persuade either Sen. The CBO also said the bill would lead to major disruptions in the individual insurance market, at least initially, and would force most states to change the ACA's insurance market rules. Obama said. "And so, when I see people trying to undue that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom, the child with autism or asthma for whom coverage, once again, would be nearly unattainable".
This might not be the full repeal and replace Republicans had once hoped for, but they ruined any chance of that when they failed to garner the votes to pass those bills months ago.
He also accused Republicans of trying to pass the bill in an effort to get some kind of health-care legislation passed, regardless of the damage it would do to Medicaid and to customers of individual health plan customers.
Paul, on NBC, said he has always wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but that the latest bill, by Sens.
The lone hearing for the bill does not appear to be enough to assuage concerns from Sen.
Paul said he wants a bill that would rely more on market forces in the health insurance industry. She had previously indicated she was likely to vote no but said she would withhold a final judgment until after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis.
"If they put those three things together in a bill, I'm for it", he said.
The bill prevents insurers from denying anyone coverage based on a medical condition that existed before they got insurance. Offer coverage that lacks some of the ACA's benefits, such as maternity care, prescription drug or mental health coverage. If you live in a state run by politicians who think you should be on your own for your health care coverage and that the insurance companies should be in charge of your care, this bill should scare the daylights out of you. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Teresa Miller told the committee that the compressed timeline would not give states enough time to rework their Medicaid programs.