McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill
Jun 26 2017
Former President Barack Obama, whose health law was his biggest domestic achievement, said on Facebook the GOP plan "is not a health care bill".
Now he's facing his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure.
McConnell released the bill Thursday after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far.
The measure represents the Senate GOP's effort to achieve a top tier priority for President Donald Trump and virtually all Republican members of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hopes to push it through his chamber next week. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", the Washington Post quotes Heller as saying. "Remember, ObamaCare is dead", Trump tweeted late Thursday. It would phase out Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid programme for the poor more gradually, waiting until after the 2020 presidential election, but would enact deeper cuts starting in 2025. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, the bill would fail if just three of the Senate's 52 GOP senators oppose it. He indicated the Senate plan met that request. But he said it was time to act. "They'd like to get certain changes".
A fifth GOP senator has come out against the Senate Republicans' health care bill, which can only afford to have two GOP senators vote against it.
Sens. Paul Ryan of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all said they would not support the current bill after its long-awaited reveal.
Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form.
Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers "four very good people". "And we'll see if we can take care of that".
Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.
The bill would provide tax credits to help people buy insurance.
"If there's a chance you might get sick, get old or start a family, this bill will do you harm", he wrote. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders. The budget office's analysis of the Senate measure is expected in the next few days.