GOP senator blasts Trumpcare for stripping coverage from 'millions of Americans'

Alvin Kelly
June 24, 2017

Hours after the bill was made public, four conservative senators announced their opposition, saying the measure doesn't go far enough to unwind Obamacare. The GOP holds a 52-48 advantage over Democrats in the Senate, with Vice President Pence standing ready to break ties in the GOP's favor.

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.

He becomes the fifth GOP senator to say he will not back the bill as it is now written, and the first in Senate Republicans' so-called moderate wing.

"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a press conference Friday. And Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. Many Republicans oppose the group because it provides abortions, the AP said.

President Donald Trump will help lead talks to get the reluctant Republicans on board. She said that the Affordable Care Act is critical to getting her daughter the care she needs. He questioned the way that the Affordable Care Act dealt with pre-existing condition, but said the Senate bill did not do any better.

A score from the Congressional Budget Office for the new health care proposal is expected in the coming days.

To get a better sense of what that would mean on a state-by-state basis - and who might be hardest-hit by a rollback - we charted out some of the key aspects of Medicaid and the expansion under the ACA. Protester Laurie Burelle is concerned with the bill's potential impact on women's health.

"It looks to us like the Obamacare subsidies will remain in place and. we think that the spending actually may exceed Obamacare spending in the next two years".

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For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal the landmark health reforms of Mr Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. "That means the money available under this bill, for Medicaid in the out years, beyond 10 years, is even leaner, is even less, is even a deeper cut than what's in the House bill".

Nevada, like most states, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Now that the bill is out, we are examining just how the Senate Republicans want to change the American health care system.

This structure could appeal to both Senate moderates and conservatives, a Washington Post analysis contended. "Medicaid cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance".

"The Senate bill will slash funding for our nation's Medicaid program, which provides coverage for 20 percent of Americans and 39 percent of children, many of whom have asthma, COPD and other lung diseases", Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, said in a statement.

Senate Republican leadership released their highly anticipated health care bill this week, but as of now, there's a lot of uncertainty over whether it will pass the Senate.

"Medicaid is being cut - Sen. Make sure we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", Heller said.

Seventy-five million individuals rely on Medicaid for health coverage, and the program primarily serves vulnerable populations such as the poor, the disabled, and the elderly. On Facebook, Obama said at the heart of the bill was "fundamental meanness".

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