Schumer vows to fight Senate GOP health care bill

Senate Republicans are painting the new plan as less austere than the House bill which, according to a forecast by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would leave 23 million fewer people insured than under current law.

The bill aims to deliver on a strong tenet of Trump's campaign to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Healthcare Act that expanded coverage to millions of Americans, but since the four lawmakers' refusal to support the draft, it leaves Republicans short of the votes to pass it.

Heller is up for re-election in 2018 and is considered one of the most vulnerable GOP senators.

And in a separate statement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state's progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the "number one tool" in the fight against opioids. In fact, what it does to is provide a significant tax cut to wealthy Americans, and it will raises costs-especially for seniors.

Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care.

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act would eventually make deeper cuts to the Medicaid program for the poor.

"Medicaid is a resource for their medical care", Kramer says. It's pretty much dependent on Medicaid. "It's an unfortunate circumstance that they're trying to rush this thing through in less than a week".

He urged Republicans to work with Democrats by "stop sabotaging Obamacare" and giving up the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

At this point, it's only a matter of degrees how misguided and cruel the proposals are by Republicans in Congress to "fix" America's health care system.

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill.

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", Collins told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "So, as a result of that uncertainty as to what the program and policy is going to be, companies have made the decision to pull out of the market".

"You have to protect Medicaid expansion states", Heller said.

Sandoval said he would do "everything in my power" to make sure those people can maintain the quality of life they now have. "What would happen to them if they don't have that access go into a nursing home because that is their only way of getting care?"

  • Leroy Wright