Koch Chief Calls Senate Health Bill Insufficiently Conservative

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #Healthcarebill".

Heller is widely viewed as the most vulnerable Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 - the only one running in a state that Hillary Clinton carried past year - and Republican leaders have been hoping to avoid having to count on his vote. But, like the House version, the Senate's bill also aims to phase out the portion of Obamacare that provides federal funding for states to expand medicaid.

Moderates, meanwhile, say that the formula the Senate health care bill is using for tax credits penalizes older, lower-income Americans.

Molina also said that the bill's proposal to tie cost-sharing subsidies to the lowest-level "bronze"-rated healthcare plans will make coverage less affordable, not more, by raising customers' out-of-pocket costs".

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law.

Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington. Some conservatives think current plans don't go far enough; others say those plans will hurt numerous people they represent.

McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said on CBS' Face the Nation that he was undecided on the bill, as did Sen.

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine said on ABC's "This Week": "It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader".

Like the House bill, the Senate would repeal a penalty associated with the individual mandate requiring most people to have health insurance or else pay a fine.

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"Unfortunately, the Senate bill is an amendment to ObamaCare, not a repeal of it", said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

"No one knows the Senate better that Senator McConnell", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom". The proposal would impose long-term federal spending cuts on the program.

"We have a very good plan", he said. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning a vote next week.

President Donald Trump continued to push for replacing Obama's health care law, tweeting Saturday: "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month.

Brewer said cutting Medicaid eventually will cause private insurance premiums to rise because people losing coverage will seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless", Schumer said today. I don't see that leading it.

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor, but he said it was time to act.

"Medicaid's not actually being cut from our perspective", Republican Sen. AARP calls on every Senator to vote "NO" on this harmful bill. His office told us that "the Senator is still reviewing the draft plan released by the Senate yesterday".

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the House bill would kick 23 million people off their healthcare plans.

Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. The CBO is expected to weigh in on the Senate draft bill early next week.

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