GOP Sen. Dean Heller Won't Support Health Bill

Henrietta Brewer
March 19, 2017

If by chance things are not changed, the bill won't pass through and we very well could see a lot of changes to the bill on its next march through to the House. Some have also referred to it as Ryancare, after House Speaker Paul Ryan; Republicancare; Obamacare Lite; and RINOcare, after the term for "Republicans in Name Only".

Of the 24 million people expected to lose coverage by 2026 under the GOP bill, a disproportionate share would be those between the ages of 50 and 64 with incomes below roughly $30,300 for an individual.

The measure would strike down much of former President Obama's 2010 overhaul and reduce the federal role, including financing, for healthcare consumers and is opposed uniformly by Democrats.

Some hard-line conservatives want to speed up the timeline to end the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but doing so would likely doom the bill in the Senate. That's one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing - but not fatal - setback to the party's showpiece legislation. They won't vote, no matter what we do, they're not going to vote. "Now as we get closer to finish, going through the committee process, you inevitably make those refinements and improvements as you go through that process".

With early projections that the Republican proposal could cost millions of people their insurance and actually make insurance policies more costly for some, the White House last week sought to downplay the pending official budget office conclusion.

" 'It's our job to get it out of here and get it to the Senate, ' " Pence told the Republicans, according to Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla.

The president said the Republican bill to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act "is a great plan".

"I want everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind this", Trump said. This has been the major problem in Congress since day one of the new GOP bill coming.

"There are people from the middle and from the right who have various concerns", he said at a conservative forum. Premiums will be lower. It is estimated $880 billion the changes could cut from the program between now and 2026.

The bill would enfeeble Obama's individual mandate - the requirement that Americans buy coverage - by abolishing the tax fine on violators. On top of this, the CBO found at least 14 million would be uninsured as soon as next year if the GOP bill passed.

And to appease moderates, tax credits would be increased for older Americans. Congressional Republicans also made a point of scaring away sports teams and celebrities ready to join in public service campaigns to tell people about the benefits of getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is because the GOP bill would allow insurers to charge senior plan holders "generally five times more" than younger enrollees, rather than the 3:1 ratio stipulated under current law, "substantially reducing premiums for young adults and substantially raising premiums for older people". The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Sebelius said, "I " m not sure what the Republican goal is.

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