Fifth Republican Senator Comes Out Against Senate Health Care Bill

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his colleagues are determined to get rid of it. The conservative coalition of Lee, Cruz, Johnson, and Paul swiftly issued a statement criticizing the bill, which they argue doesn't go far enough in dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

However, Senate Republicans' bill would make deep cuts to Medicaid, rolling back Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and transforming federal Medicaid payments to the states into per capita reimbursements, the rates of rich would get smaller and smaller through 2025, or block grants. And I don't mean to exaggerate, but in the main, it's very hard to be supportive of something that takes health insurance away from 20 million or so Americans. Look forward to making it really special! Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "It's a very, very narrow path".

"I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", Trump said in an interview that aired Friday on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". "We have a few people that are I think, I could say modestly, they're not standing on the rooftops and screaming". "We'll have to see".

With Democrats and independents unified in opposition, McConnell can only afford to lose two of the 52 GOP votes in the Senate. He indicated the Senate plan met that request.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins said in an interview with ABC's This Week. "And we are working with Congress to get a bill on my desk so we can rescue Americans from this catastrophe". The Michigan Democrat believes the Senate bill would cut coverage while increasing costs. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Dean Heller (R), a key swing vote on the bill, who announced that he could not support it as written. One thing that the Senate bill did, they tried to rewrite the way the tax credits work to help people purchase coverage.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.

Hospital groups came out against the bill on Thursday. Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

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The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners.

After a shaky start, the White House hopes the Senate debate will allow Trump to turn the page on health care and get a fresh start on rewriting the tax code, a plan to rebuild roads and bridges, and his promise to strengthen the military - none of which will prove easy to accomplish. Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.

Opponents of Obamacare say it is unfair to require people to buy insurance plans, expensive ones at that. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age.

Trump earlier indicated changes may be in store for the proposal unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover.

- Protects those with pre-existing conditions from getting charged more, but their coverage could be reduced.

"The sicker you are, the more you have to pay, the older you are, the more you have to pay, the poorer you are, the more you have to pay", said Dr. Seth Foldy, former Milwaukee health commissioner. Trump has been threatening to discontinue those payments, and some insurance companies have cited uncertainty as a reason they are abandoning some markets and boosting premiums.

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