Will Senate GOP healthcare bill get enough votes?

Henrietta Brewer
June 26, 2017

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. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands.

Overall, though, Republicans say their version of health care will stabilize insurance markets and cut health care costs.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

With unanimous opposition from Democrats, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail on the bill. This appears to be an allusion to the Congressional Budget Office's determination that the House bill would eliminate insurance for 23 million people - 14 million of them through the very Medicaid provisions Heller was criticizing most.

The Senate's 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central Trump campaign promise to undo former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010. It would allow insurers to cover fewer benefits and repeal tax boosts on wealthier people that help finance the statute's expanded coverage.


- Gives each state a fixed amount of Medicaid funding, forcing states to make cuts when money runs out.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said at a press conference in Las Vegas.

"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas. It would put a new limit on per person Medicaid spending based on each state's historical spending, and that limit would rise much more slowly than current projections. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income citizens and people with pre-existing conditions. Heller's seat is up for reelection next year, and a Democrat won Nevada's other Senate seat by a 2.4 percent margin in 2016.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role.

Next week the CBO will release its score of the bill. "And without the individual mandate, that sort of adverse selection, the death spiral, the elevated premiums, all of that that's going on gets worse under this bill".


"Sen. Collins will carefully review the text of the Senate health care bill this week and into the weekend". He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget.

The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people. "Johnson also said he is" not necessarily on board with all of the tax cuts" proposed in the bill either.

Many conservative senators have expressed concern over the current draft of the bill, worrying that it may kick many of their constituents off health insurance.


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