GOP senator is latest to oppose health bill

Four Republican opponents could jeopardize McConnell's efforts to pass the measure, which is being moved under rules that allow passage with a simple majority or 50 votes.

- Senate Republicans are aiming for a final vote next Thursday, before lawmakers leave town for the weeklong July 4th recess. They blocked the hallway, chanting: "Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty". "Scott there says that Medicaid's not being cut from their perspective, but based on what we see right now in the bill there's just no way that's true", Zwillich says.

A police spokeswoman said numerous protesters "removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor".

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. It also eliminates the current law's taxes on wealthy Americans, insurers, and others.

The bill proposes phasing out Medicaid's expansion program and capping Medicaid spending, repealing Obamacare taxes and restructuring subsidies to insurance customers.

Immediately after its release four Republican senators said they couldn't support it. Let's hope there are more who care enough about the health of women, children and the elderly to stop this travesty. I will continue to stand with my fellow mayors and the American people to fight for real, affordable health care for all. Veteran Senator John McCain said the draft bill was better than Obamacare in "100 ways", but like many Senators wanted to study the bill further and consult with his state's governor.

"Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor", the statement said. As Medicaid became more costly, payments by the states to doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers dropped.

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. So the president's dream of getting an Obamacare repeal-replacement bill passed anytime soon is nearly certainly on hold.

"I regret that our democratic friends made it clear early on that they did not want to work with us in a serious bipartisan way". According to Stuart, Menendez's leadership is important when fighting for those like he daughter, especially in the face of uncertainty about the impact provisions of GOP health care legislation could have on certain services. Politico reports the Senate bill also cuts Medicaid funding more significantly than the House bill. The CBO estimated 23 million Americans would lose coverage under the House version of the bill President Trump called "mean".

  • Larry Hoffman