Senate Health Care Bill Draws Criticism From Conservative Republican Lawmakers

In a press conference with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval today, Senator Dean Heller joined his colleague Susan Collins in taking a very negative, and possibly irreconcilable, position on the Senate version of the American Health Care Act.

Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.

The Senate Republican health-care bill would not repeal and replace Obamacare.

From a conservative perspective, the chief selling point of the bill is Medicaid reform.

"We will certainly be watching health care legislation as it develops", Dollar said. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.

Other Republicans in the Senate are reserving their complete support, saying they require more time to digest the 142-page bill and consider its implications. I don't think this kills the bill: Heller is the single most deserving of a lifeboat of any Republican senator, given his reelection circumstances, and McConnell may well have given him the nod to go ahead with this statement.

"I am very supportive of the Senate Healthcarebill". Thursday, he tweeted his support for the Senate bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days. Then, if he sticks to his timetable, Sen.

"Virginia has been a prudent steward of Medicaid funding and should not be penalized for making a policy decision to not expand Medicaid", state legislative money committee chairmen wrote this week in a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others.

Last month, a version of Trumpcare that would strip health care from 23 million people passed the House. The current bill does not repeal Obamacare. So it is possible that Mr. McConnell views the potential failure of a hastily written health care bill as an eventual boon.

Perhaps the most sweeping move, however, is that the Senate plan follows the House lead in completely changing how the government pays for health care for the poor and the disabled - and goes even further.

"If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will", Sen. People would need to be lower-income than ACA to be eligible.

If the bill is signed into law, millions of low-income and working-class Americans stand to feel the effects most acutely.

Sandoval, a Republican who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said 210,000 received health coverage because of the decision.

The four are sticking together to get changes such as fewer government subsidies created to make health insurance more affordable. Almost 70 percent of America's elderly - most of whom worked hard to support families and pay taxes all their lives - can afford to live in nursing homes because of Medicaid.

  • Larry Hoffman