Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Million Americans Could Lose Health Insurance Under Senate Bill

And while the CBO report wasn't all awful for Republicans, it carried very few positive notes. "We've got a lot of discussions going on, and we're optimistic we're going to get there". "But for the country, we have to have health care, and it can't be Obamacare which is melting down", Trump said, as dozens of lawmakers sat grim-faced around a White House conference table. One of the most vocal opponents to his own party's plan, Senator Paul took a stand against the legislation whose architect was the most powerful GOP member of the Senate, Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lose the votes of only two of the 52 Republican senators to begin debate and ultimately pass the bill. I don't know how likely it is that Republicans can pass a health care bill anyway, but there's not much question that Trump is making it harder thanks to his bottomless ignorance of both policy and politics.

"I think, probably, the best strategy would be to have just a clean repeal vote with a two-year window before it kicks in and then those two years have Democrats and Republicans come together and work on a replacement", Congressman Massie said. The bill would cut $772 billion over the next decade from Medicaid, which covers most of America's poor children and nursing home patients, to help finance tax cuts for the wealthy. His spokesman Conn Carroll said Tuesday that Lee would not vote for the crucial vote to commence debate on the bill "as it is now written", a roll call that's expected Wednesday. The CBO said Monday that the Senate bill would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026, compared with a $119 billion reduction for the House version. He says negotiating with Senate Democrats won't produce any of the changes sought by Republicans, including to the health markets and Medicaid. And President Donald Trump will "continue to listen to senators who have ideas about how to strengthen it", he added. "We are going to see what we are going to do".

Conservatives said the bill did not do enough to erase Democratic former president Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation.

The Republican senator for Maine, Susan Collins, has said she will vote against it, joining colleagues Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rand Paul who on Thursday said they were "not ready to vote for this bill", but were "open to negotiation".

The new proposal, which was crafted in secret by McConnell and GOP staffers, worries some conservative and moderate Republicans in the upper chamber - particularly because of the 22 million people it would strip insurance from over the next decade, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

In a social media push, the group first roped Heller to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"We said if we get elected, we will repeal and replace Obamacare". That so-called continuous coverage provision is meant to encourage more Americans to buy health insurance, and not wait to buy it until a medical need arises.

The CBO said that 15 million more people would be uninsured by 2018 under the proposed legislation than under current law, largely because the penalty for not having insurance would be eliminated.

The PAC said on Friday it was planning to spend $1 million in its campaign to pressure Heller into voting for the bill.

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