Senator Rand Paul says would consider partial repeal of Obamacare

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 27, 2017

Currently, five senators - Heller and four conservatives who say the bill doesn't go far enough in undoing Obamacare - have said they couldn't vote for the bill in its current form.

Aides to the organization said they were "disappointed" the bill did not do enough to repeal the 2010 law, NBC reported. It was unveiled earlier that day by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who drafted it behind closed doors after numerous meetings among GOP senators.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Republicans for penalizing people who might have had coverage gaps because of losing a job or temporary financial problems. With every Democrat opposing the legislation, the Republicans need at least all but two of them to approve the measure for it to pass.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other moderate GOP senators have also expressed concerns about the measure's impact on coverage. So far, they're not a whole lot gentler for the Senate's version of the legislation, which is projected to cost 22 million Americans their health insurance coverage over the next decade, according to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released Monday.

The bottom line, however, is that the CBO report is a blow to the Senate bill's chances of success.

Similarly, the demand for insurance among employees is greater under current law because some employees want employment-based coverage so that they can avoid paying the individual mandate penalty. But none has ruled out backing the measure if it's changed, and GOP leaders are looking for ways to win more votes by revising the legislation. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Dean Heller of Nevada have both said they can not support a bill that knocks tens of million of Americans out of coverage, though it's unclear if they have a cutoff in mind.

White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers.

Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "I think we're going to get there".

"The principle concern is lowering the price of adequate health care insurance for hardworking Americans, and I want to see the CBO score on that", said GOP Rep. Leonard Lance, who said he has "serious concerns" about the Senate bill. But any replacement should cover more people, not fewer. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. Heller faces a competitive re-election race next year. However, President Donald Trump is so intent on passing a new health care bill that on Monday, Trump suggested he would let Obamacare "crash and burn" if Senators didn't come together to pass health care reform. Cruz, he's talked to Sen.

Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.

"It was just released yesterday". Critics said that created a perverse incentive for healthy people to go without insurance, only buying coverage after they got sick. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. Under the Republican plan, though, insurers might withdraw from some rural parts of the country, because they'd have too few customers to operate profitably. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

The largest savings in the Senate bill would come from reducing federal spending on Medicaid, which would decline by 26% by 2026, compared to current law. But that consumer would pay $20,500 for such a plan under the Senate bill.

In one instance, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Each state has expanded Medicaid and has a GOP senator.

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