Nevada Senator Opposes Healthcare Bill, Now The 5th Republican

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, United States president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.

During a contentious interview with CNN, Kellyanne Conway said Friday that the news media needs to cover the nation's opioid crisis more, and she beat back at suggestions that the new health care bill does nothing to improve the epidemic.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis found that the House bill would add about 23 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured. Leaders of the GOP-controlled chamber need 51 votes to pass their ObamaCare bill. "The Republican senators didn't know because it wasn't released", Trump said. The real numbers of Republican senators who oppose the measure could actually be much higher though, considering several have refused to say one way or another whether they support the overhaul.

But other gaps will be much harder to overcome, particularly with conservatives demanding a fuller repeal of Obamacare and moderates uneasy about the phaseout of the original law's Medicaid expansion.

Montana health care leaders responded quickly to the unveiling of the secretly drafted U.S. Senate bill. Obama insisted that "small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump "is pleased to see the process moving forward swiftly in Congress, and he looks forward to seeing a finalised bill on his desk". Two moderate senators, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of ME, are the most likely to oppose the bill, which means one more could kill it outright. "We have a few people that are I think, I could say modestly, they're not standing on the rooftops and screaming".

"To single out Planned Parenthood which provides services to so many low-income women", Collins said, "is just wrong". Indeed, candidate Trump had started out promising no cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican whose state is at the epicenter of the opioid crisis, said he was deeply concerned about the bill and the way it was handled behind closed doors.

"If heroin, fentanyl and painkillers remain easier to get, then we're really not going to be able to see deaths come down".

"We have concerns about what the changes in Medicaid may mean to those with disabilities", Moran said in a video posted to YouTube.

Although many in the audience are opposed to the House and Senate replacement bills, they gave Price a standing ovation after his remarks. And that amount is going to go up every year slightly, but in the Senate bill would be based on just regular inflation, whereas medical inflation has always been faster.

That has hardly stopped the two bills from stoking impassioned speeches in Congress, protests in cities across the country and page after after of postings on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and other online forums. We can not afford to go backward and jeopardize access to health care for North Carolina's children.

Private Insurance Changes Republicans would make no significant changes to employer-provided coverage, which remains the mainstay of private insurance. To backfill the federal funds that GOP lawmakers have proposed cutting, Montana would have to more than triple its spending on Medicaid.

The GOP's biggest Medicaid change involves limiting future federal financing. They included letting states design coverage without needing federal waivers, allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines, and allowing insurers that meet federal mandates to sell other plans that don't comply.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen