Lee said it's "apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate". Under the Affordable Care Act, states can apply for "innovation waivers" exempting them from parts of the law and allowing them to determine their own health care systems, to an extent.
Paul said there's "a lot" in the measure that doesn't resemble what he would consider an Obamacare repeal, arguing, "This is not ripping it out root and branch".
The bill would also end the individual mandate under Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood for at least one year.
You just can't cut taxes the way Republicans want and have "insurance for everybody" like Trump promised.
It faces uniform Democratic opposition.
As of 2020, the bill also eliminates cost-sharing subsidies that help low-income Americans pay for their insurance.
At issue is legislation known as a budget resolution, which is a non-binding document that sets up a broad outline for follow-up legislation such as the appropriations bills Congress passes each year. That giveaway-which, tellingly, was omitted from the summary of the bill-is made more egregious by the fact that it's retroactive (with an effective date of December 2016), a detail that serves no goal other than funneling extra cash to wealthy investors. That means if all Democrats vote against the bill, only three no votes from Republicans can torpedo it.
"We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so", said McConnell, R-Kentucky.
Like McCain, many other GOP Senators had little to say about the details of the plan, having just seen them a few minutes earlier in their meeting.
The Senate's version was supposedly crafted by a working group consisting of 13 Republican men - and no women - but one of the group's participants, Sen. The CBO said the House bill would leave 23 million people more uninsured by 2026 than under Obamacare. According to The Washington Post, the draft legislation would dramatically roll back the US Medicaid system, but reduce the impact on Americans who stood to lose the most under the House version. Additionally, Fox News' Peter Doocy stated the bill appeared "more moderate than the House version" because it would "let states that took more Medicaid money" under the ACA's Medicaid expansion "keep more of it for longer than the House bill would".
The Senate bill also calls for changing Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement program in 2021 by putting a cap, or limit, on per-patient spending. Republicans say it costs too much and involves the federal government too much in healthcare.
Democrats have already accused Republicans of attempting to pass the healthcare measure "in the dark of the night" without allowing enough time for debate or to make changes, even though Mr McConnell insists that senators will have ample time to evaluate and amend the legislation.
The Senate would end the tax penalties Obama's law created for people not buying insurance and larger employers not offering coverage to workers.
This week brought new evidence that the Obamacare insurance markets are collapsing.