Charlie Dent 'concerned' by Senate health care bill

(Des Moines) - At least one prominent Iowa Democrat is voicing concerns about the Senate Republican health care plan unveiled Thursday. Most people who use Medicaid are pretty thrilled with it because, in a shocking turn of events, people really enjoy having affordable effective health insurance. "These are our neighbors", Mr. Sandoval said.

"You can't have both of those go up".

"It should scare every American that the Senate plans to vote on this bill without understanding the true ramifications".

Flake is politically popular but faces a primary challenge from a conservative.

It would repeal the ACA's individual mandate to purchase health insurance, make deep cuts to Medicaid and withhold federal funding to Planned Parenthood for a year.

"What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them", Johnson said.

Under Obamacare, the federal government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs. And like the House bill, the Senate's legislation rolls back the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which helped give insurance to more than 11 million people. Members from the right and left ends of the Republican Party's spectrum have criticized the measure, with some denouncing its steep cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts and others saying it's too similar to the ACA.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he will not vote for the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill as now written.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said.

McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber's 52 Republicans.

The S.C. Hospital Association said Friday the U.S. Senate's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare "will lead to an increase in uninsured South Carolinians and disproportionately impact the state's poor, elderly and disabled community, as well as healthcare providers". And McConnell is having trouble getting enough Republican votes.

"I think that they'll probably get there, we'll have to see", President Trump said.

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. "There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums".

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