Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill


Giaimo focuses on health care policy. And the Senate bill would take more time to phase out the ACA's expansion of Medicaid coverage; despite claims that this represents "heart", it may have less to do with compassion than skewing how the bill is scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

Since Medicaid began in 1965, states and the federal government have shared the responsibility.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he will not vote for the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill as now written.

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"The real goal here is to try to lower the cost of health care", Lynch said. And Medicaid covers 65 percent of the people in nursing homes.

The GOP's biggest Medicaid change involves limiting future federal financing. Instead, Republicans propose a per-beneficiary cap.

House GOP bill: Eliminates most Obamacare taxes, such as the 3.8 percent tax on investment income. About 11 million are covered by the expansion.

Anxious about the Trump administration's proposed cuts to federal retirement? This is a concept that seems to elude a lot of members of Congress. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday. On ABC's "This Week", Collins stated concerns about the cost of premiums and deductibles, the elimination of funding to Planned Parenthood, and what she terms Medicaid cuts.

The president said he thinks Republicans in the Senate are doing enough to push through the bill. At some point, over a period of years, the federal government would basically limit what it pays for Medicaid, which has always been a shared program between the states and the federal government. Consumer organizations like AARP are also opposed. Progress has stalled, partly because "Obamacare" is politically divisive. The House version would drastically reduce coverage, according to the CBO, with 23 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026. John McCain has said how he will vote.

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Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer appears at a press conference with a sign that he had personally edited to read "Mean-er" after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, June 22, 2017. Warren is a leading liberal and defender of the current health law.

"The Republicans and Democrats don't get together", Trump complained on the Fox and Friends program, in a previously taped interview broadcast early on Sunday. Everyone expects changes to be made. And plans might be able to offer less coverage.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", he said.

We've already been hearing from lawmakers, medical advocacy groups and insurers these last couple of days, so we wanted to turn to somebody who has been covering health policy for quite some time.

MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do? The House and Senate formulas for subsidies differ.

The Senate bill takes immediate steps to stabilize insurance markets for the next two years.

Everyone expects Cruz to eventually come around after he garners a sufficient pile of attention.

In a separate statement, Paul said he would vote against the bill "in its current form, but I remain open to negotiation". Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the program has been funded as an entitlement for anyone who qualifies.