Four GOP senators to oppose current Republican health care bill

A health insurance industry trade group says it's encouraged by provisions of the Senate GOP health care bill, but stopped short of voicing support.

Former President Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office.

Insurance rates have increased, and we have yet to see the 2018 numbers, but under the Senate bill, cost sharing payments will be covered for few years.

- Restricts subsidies that help lower-income families afford premiums. While the new bill would still cover them, it would also make things costlier for people living in rural areas.

The Association of American Medical Colleges called on senators to reject the health-care reform bill Republican lawmakers released Thursday.

Appearing next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican, Heller announced his opposition to the legislation, highlighting the Better Care Act's proposed substantial cuts to Medicaid. "You need to reach a consensus or the ACA will stay in place". Some Republican senators say the bill doesn't go far enough and are calling for a complete repeal. John McCain has said how he will vote. Hit hardest, said Hoff, would be people on Medicaid as well as those who purchase individual health insurance plans.

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. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. Under the new proposal, that extra tax would now be gone.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won't vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said. Though he lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump last week privately called the House measure "mean" and called on senators to make their version more "generous".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he hopes to bring the GOP bill to a vote before Congress breaks for its Fourth of July recess.

President Donald Trump will help lead talks to get the reluctant Republicans on board. But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on.

  • Joanne Flowers