Senate Republicans just lost a key vote on their healthcare bill

Democrats already deeply oppose Republican attempts to overhaul former U.S. president Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Now he's facing his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure. But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs - providing health insurance to low-income people. The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes. Look forward to making it really special! He said the changes he is seeking to the bill would go in the opposite direction of those sought by other current "no" votes - conservative hard-liners including Texas Sen. "Leadership said it was a draft open for discussion and improvement". But he said it was time to act.

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its score of the bill early next week, estimating how many millions of Americans stand to lose their insurance. It was the building block for the Senate legislation unveiled Thursday.

After Spicer spoke, Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican opponent on Friday, saying he would not support the bill in its current form. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He told Fox News, "I think that they'll probably get there, but those Senators are not the only obstacles". "We'll have to see".

GOP Sen. Arthur Heller (R-NV), who is up for re-election, said Thursday that he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid".

And Susan Collins of ME restated her opposition to blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood.

Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.

"If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will", Sen.

Others excoriated former President Obama for Obamacare itself.

While Senators have been working on the legislation since the AHCA passed the House, Democrats including Menendez have taken issue with the "secretive" nature by which the bill was drafted.

Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart". But that lump sum would not be almost enough, and Florida state lawmakers who are allergic to raising taxes would be cutting coverage or further limiting Medicaid enrollment to make ends meet. The enhanced federal financing that pays for the expansion would disappear entirely in 2024.

The measure largely uses people's incomes as the yardstick for helping those without workplace coverage to buy private insurance.

"No argument against Trumpcare is more eloquent than the grave consequences it means in people's lives", she wrote colleagues.

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced this health care bill as a Republican promise to repeal Obamacare - finally kept. That includes phasing out extra money Obama's statute gives states that have expanded the program, a step Nevada has taken, adding 200,000 additional people. What we do know is that, in Louisiana, the bill would kill the expansion of Medicaid that has brought health care to more than 425,000 residents-with 51,000 of those people living right here in New Orleans.

Second, the bill would fund ObamaCare's "cost-sharing" subsidies - something not even Democrats ever did.

  • Larry Hoffman