GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

The big lies about health care

Yet at least three GOP senators have said they're ready to reject a move by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to even take up the bill this week. McConnell and Senate GOP leaders haven't discussed possible changes with members concerned about some of the bill's provisions, two senators said.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican-backed bill would reduce projected Medicaid spending by $772 billion in the coming decade, and 15 million fewer people would be covered by Medicaid in 2026 than under the current law.

Mr McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.

Collins, Portman, Capito, and Heller, who is one of the GOP's most vulnerable incumbents in 2018, have a different set of concerns.

The White House lambasted the nonpartisan budget office in a statement, saying it has a "history of inaccuracy" projecting coverage. "If this bill isn't good for Kansas, it isn't good for me", he said. It would also require a six-month waiting period for people who enroll in insurance if they've been uninsured for more than 63 days in the past year.

"The president is optimistic that Republicans will live up to the promise that they've been making to the American people for seven years by repealing and replacing Obamacare", spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "States are ultimately going to have to ration [their allotment] and say, 'Well, we only get so much from Medicaid, therefore we can not insure more disabled people, more elderly people.' It is frightening for those on low income", Mosman said. "The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support", Moran said Tuesday. "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it".

In addition, conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Most of the disgruntled senators have left the door open to backing the measure if it's changed. "I'm going to vote "no" on a motion to proceed this week, because it's just too soon", Johnson said on FOX News Tuesday morning.

Collins said that she planned to accept the White House's invitation for an all-GOP senators meeting later Tuesday, but insisted that she's not anywhere close to supporting the bill. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

So far, five Republican senators are expressing opposition to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of former President Barack Obama's health law.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that 31 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

Starting in 2020, it's all about Medicaid. Republicans revised the bill on Monday to add a penalty aimed at preventing people from only signing up for coverage once they are sick, which most experts predict would sink the insurance market.

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