Republicans reveal bill to replace Obamacare

Dean Heller says he "simply will not support" the bill, which he says is "not the answer".

"I'm really glad we have a bill now to look out". Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama's health care law.

After weeks of heated discussions and arguments, Senate Republicans unveiled the text of their health care refurbish plan.

Both bills would eliminate most of the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act. The Senate Republicans' plan puts a lid on that by rolling back the Obama-era expansion of the program and then granting states a set amount of money for each person enrolled.

Last week, President Donald Trump called the American Health Care Act approved by the House "mean" and urged the Senate to be more "generous".

The Republican version "hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else", he added.

The proposal left moderates like Sen.

A fifth GOP senator has come out against the Senate Republicans' health care bill, which can only afford to have two GOP senators vote against it.

But Sanders stopped short of saying that the bill enjoys Trump's full backing, hinting more tweaking down the road. The Affordable Care Act is viewed as one of - if not the - signature achievement of his administration.

- Protects those with pre-existing conditions from getting charged more, but their coverage could be reduced. "He may or may not succeed, he probably doesn't have the votes right now, but even if he doesn't have the votes right now, he can make deals to get there".

The only "improvement" the Senate version offers over the House plan is that it would wait longer to destroy Medicare recipients' coverage.

When asked whether he was a "no" vote, Paul said he is "at this point".

"Changes to the ACA must be made in the context of rational health policy".

Pleasing both moderates and conservatives in the Senate may prove more hard.

"We are encouraged that the draft Senate legislation funds cost-sharing reductions, which help those who need it most", BCBSA said in a statement.

A majority of GOP senators told the publication that they're not sure where they stand while four, including Sen. It would also lower the annual income limit for receiving subsidies to cover insurance premiums to 350% of the poverty level, or about $42,000 for an individual, from 400%.

  • Leroy Wright