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Senate GOP's Plan To Repeal, Replace May Be In Trouble

26 June 2017, 05:41 | Laverne Osborne

Heller is up for re-election in 2018 and is considered one of the most vulnerable sitting Republican Senators.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued.

Heller is widely viewed as the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 - the only one running in a state that Hillary Clinton carried a year ago - and Republican leaders have been hoping to avoid having to count on his vote.

The federal government's share of funding for Medicaid, which is jointly run with individual states, would fall over the course of seven years to end up at around 57 percent of the cost of that program, which offers health coverage to the poor.

"This bill will mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans and many Nevadans", he said. The Republican-majority House passed a similar version of health care legislation last month.

Heller said it is a "lie" that the Senate Republican health care bill would lower premiums. Among other things, it effectively phases out the Medicaid program in it entirety by imposing a cap on Medicaid spending and then reducing the real value of that cap each year. Its flat tax credits, which provided identical assistance to the poor and the wealthy, would price millions of near-elderly low-income workers out of the insurance market and trap millions more in poverty.

Sens. Paul Ryan of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all said they would not support the current bill after its long-awaited reveal.

Senator Bill Cassidy, who is still studying the proposal and has not yet decided how he will vote, said in several television interviews it was a good beginning. Republicans have called Obamacare - officially known as the Affordable Care Act - "unsustainable", citing skyrocketing premiums and the unstable health insurance marketplaces created by the law.

People are voicing opposition to the proposed Senate Republican health care bill.

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.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have.

"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a news conference with Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

A handful of GOP moderate senators had pushed for a slower phaseout of the Medicaid expansion.

Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts.

Democrats are expected to unanimously vote against the bill. So basically people would get help, but they would still have to pay even more of their medical bills.

On Friday he again said he opposed the bill. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the centrist has some misgivings about the bills as well. Some conservatives think current plans don't go far enough; others say those plans will hurt numerous people they represent.

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