And You Thought Republicans' Health Care Bill Couldn't Get Worse

Republican Senators are working through the weekend to evaluate and respond to a health care bill introduced on Thursday by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Nearly immediately, the pro-Trump group America First Policies chose to launch what a source with the group says will be a major television, radio and digital ad buy against Heller - a remarkable attack on a member of Trump's own party whose seat is endangered in 2018.

One of the Republican senators who's opposing his party's health care bill as written says the Senate shouldn't vote on the plan this week. That includes phasing out extra money Obama's statute gives states that have expanded the program, a step Nevada has taken, adding 200,000 additional people.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said. Section 102 of the Senate bill-the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017-closely mirrors Section 202 of the House bill, with age- and means-tested tax credits up to 350 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Republicans have called Obamacare - officially known as the Affordable Care Act - "unsustainable", citing skyrocketing premiums and the unstable health insurance marketplaces created by the law.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

"You have to protect Medicaid expansion states", Heller said. "While we are still waiting for final numbers, every indication is that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating". Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Sandoval, a Republican who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said 210,000 received health coverage because of the decision. The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid. The Trump White House keeps talking about making government more "transparent". "These are our neighbors", Mr. Sandoval said.

To pass the Senate, with unanimous Democratic opposition expected, Republicans can only afford two defectors.

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people". If it fails to reduce the deficit sufficiently or results in too many people losing insurance coverage, McConnell could fail to secure the 50 GOP votes he needs to secure passage. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a awful thing.

  • Salvatore Jensen