Senate Republican leaders unveiled the legislation yesterday. Democrats already deeply oppose Republican attempts to overhaul former U.S. president Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Beneath the surface, it looks no better than the House version that even President Donald Trump has called mean. He said he doubted Democrats would help. John McCain, were very vocal about their disapproval of the secretive measures of fellow Senate Republicans on this. He said he was "concerned" about Medicaid and would analyze the bill and vote for it only if it is good for Ohio. "Johnson also said he is" not necessarily on board with all of the tax cuts" proposed in the bill either.
"That should be the central issue for Republicans - repealing Obamacare and making healthcare more affordable", said Cruz in a statement to CNN. Trump made the plan's repeal a centrepiece of his 2016 election campaign.
What is unmistakable is the Senate bill's thorough gutting of Medicaid as an entitlement, a long-held Republican goal. People could tap newly created federal tax credits.
Back in NY, much of the debate over the House bill has focused on the contentious Collins-Faso Amendment. Senate staffers say they're open to adding a similar provision to the Senate bill. Paul said, "My hope is not to defeat the bill".
Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat.
Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change". It would let insurers provide fewer benefits, offer less generous subsidies than Obama to help people buy policies and end the statute's tax penalties on people who don't buy policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers.
"What you don't want to have is a situation where you're saying we're going to have everybody, regardless of their health problems, come in, and then have all the healthy people exit the market", said health policy expert Linda Blumberg of the Urban Institute.
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 House bill and the Senate offering isn't just a step backward, it blows up the road.
While tax credits under the ACA were based on helping people afford a bad silver plan with large deductibles (roughly $3,500), the Senate plan will only help people afford a awful bronze plan with massive deductibles (roughly $6,000). The lobbying group is waiting to see the analysis of the bill's impact on spending and insurance coverage from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, expected next week.
Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. Johnson said, "It's weird what we've done to our healthcare markets".
McConnell may have a tough job convincing enough Republican senators that the Senate bill improves on the House version.
The Senate plan to replace Obamacare would cost the state as much as $7.1 billion through fiscal 2026, according to an estimate released Friday by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid office. Sandoval said these are some of the biggest, if not the biggest, improvements in the country.