GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it

Carl Armato

As five Republicans have come out in opposition to the current GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News on Sunday expressed optimism that the Senate will pass the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The House version would drastically reduce coverage, according to the CBO, with 23 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026.

Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. It could pass this bill, flaws and all, and then use the projected cost savings for a tax reform that doesn't just use, say, a small child tax credit as a fig leaf for huge upper-bracket tax cut, but that's actually organized around payroll tax cuts, refundable child tax credits, a larger earned-income tax credit, and other measures that would make up for the thinning of working-class insurance coverage with more cash in paychecks and bank accounts.

Nurses and administrators at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center on Euclid Avenue concerned about more uninsured patients joined Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, who decried potential cuts to substance abuse treatment in the midst of an opioid crisis. And then, going forward, the House bill would change Medicaid's underlying funding formula, tying future federal contributions to an inflation rate likely to fall below what states would need to maintain existing levels of coverage. The federal share drops to 90 percent after 2020.

Trump will lead the effort to try to convince reluctant Republicans to support the bill.

The House bill would change Medicaid in two main ways. Currently, there is no limit on how much the program will pay for care for those enrolled.

Under federal law, state Medicaid programs are required to cover nursing home care. States would be able to seek waivers from federal insurance requirements. Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected. "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else".

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The other four Senators said the bill doesn't do enough to repeal Obamacare and lower health care costs.

Charlie Baker, the Republican governor in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, and Tom Wolf, a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania, had similar concerns.

"It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference Friday in Las Vegas, but he did not rule out supporting a reworked version.

She cited the dramatic cuts the bill would impose on Medicaid.

States could not get exemptions to Obama's prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said.

Forty-eight percent of respondents to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Thursday said the House-passed repeal bill was a bad idea.

"We have a very good plan", he said. Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they would evaluate it with an eye toward its effect on low-income residents. Contributing were AP reporters Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska; Bobby Caina Calvan in Helena, Montana; Bob Christie in Phoenix; Kristena Hansen in Salem, Oregon; Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Alison Noon in Carson City, Nevada; Bob Salsberg in Boston; Sophia Tareen in Springfield, Illinois; and Kristen Wyatt in Denver.

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