Here Is Every Republican Senator Who Opposes the Health Care Bill
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 11:29
U.S. Senate Republicans' legislation to overhaul Obamacare hit roadblocks nearly as soon as it was unveiled: opposition from all 48 Democratic and independent senators and four conservative Republican lawmakers, as well as skepticism from several other Republicans. But not all Republicans fully support this legislation.
Bishop Dewane urged the Senate to "now act to make changes to the draft that will protect those persons on the peripheries of our health care system". If coverage losses from the Senate bill matched those from the House bill, it would result in 217,000 additional deaths over the next decade.
While the conservative senators are ultimately expected to vote for the bill, Heller is a much harder no, and if he gets his way, it will be tough to create a compromise that works for the minimum number of Republicans required to pass the bill. "These are our neighbors", Mr. Sandoval said.
But tweaks to appease the four conservatives could alienate Heller and other moderates, or vice versa.
That's an important counterweight to one of the most popular elements of the ACA, and one that the GOP was reluctant to do away with: its prohibition on insurance companies denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and a requirement that they be charged the same amount as healthy people. Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski in Alaksa-other groups opposing Trumpcare vowed to keep up the pressure.
At the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a bipartisan effort to stop the healthcare legislation.
Lawmakers in Washington are still reading through the finer details of the Senate GOP's new healthcare bill, but opponents are already warning it'll give states an impossible choice-either cut services, or spend billions more on healthcare.
But Trump didn't articulate what improvements he wanted to see in the Senate bill, even as the comment ruffled feathers in the House.
"This bill may change, but Republicans will only be putting lipstick on a devastating blow to Americans' health care", said Sen.
Whatever the reason for leaving one out of the draft released Thursday, it's very hard to see a bill successfully passing both Houses of Congress without one.
At least five GOP Senators say they won't vote for it in its current form, but are open to negotiating. Under the Senate bill, states would be allowed to apply for waivers and exceptions from those current regulations and essentially scrap the current "essential health benefits" in order to write their own rules.