Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won't vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning.

With a majority of 52 senators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two "yea" votes on the bill.

While discussing the Republican health bill during an interview that aired Sunday on Fox & Friends, Trump said it would be great if lawmakers from both parties could "come up something that everybody's happy with". But a defeat would be a bitter and damaging blow to Trump and his party.

Its fate remained uncertain since the four lawmakers' refusal to back the Senate draft would leave Republicans short of the votes to pass it. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

"Let's not rush this process", Johnson pleaded. It would offer tax credits to help offset the cost of coverage, and eliminate most ACA taxes on corporations and higher-income Americans, according to an analysis by NPR News.

Cantwell is hoping to organize opposition to the bill.

Schumer rallied Friday at Bellevue with local activists and medical workers, threatening that similar crowds will oppose the bill nationwide.

"I have to start off by, I guess first congratulating all of the millionaires on the incredible gift that they're about to get", Danielson said. "We'll have to see".

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. It would put health care out of reach for many middle-income Americans.

The bill was already in trouble before it was made public.

The House approved its version of the bill last month.

The draft bill comes nearly two months after the House passed its own measure.

On Thursday, four of the Senate's most conservative members said the new plan failed to rein in the federal government's role. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation". Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.

The elderly will be paying up to five times more for health insurance than younger, healthier people.



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