Senate Health Care Bill: 5th Republican Senator Comes Out Against GOP Plan


McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber's 52 Republicans.

A GOP holdout on the Senate Republican health care bill said there's "no way" a vote should take place with so little time for the public and lawmakers to review the consequential legislation.

Heller and Sandoval said they believe that Obamacare has problems, but raised concerns with the Senate plan's Medicaid provisions.

Heller, meanwhile, was skeptical Friday that Senate leadership was going to be able to provide the concessions he would need to support the bill.

Meanwhile, current President Donald Trump wasn't too receptive of the house healthcare bill, which he labels as "mean".

We urge Louisiana's USA senators, Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and John N. Kennedy, of Madisonville, to work diligently to avoid unintended consequences in this new bill - particularly because of its development under secrecy by the Senate leadership.

Heller is the first Republican senator to rule out supporting the bill over its spending constraints to Medicaid.

Their concerns are legitimate, for if the new Republican leadership in Washington wants to cut taxes and reduce costs, the state-local Medicaid program of health care for low-wage workers and numerous elderly in nursing homes could be cut over time.

That could add Heller's name to Trump's call list. Cruz or Sen. Paul about the direction the bill should be heading in, ' said Sen. Ben Ray, a senior communications adviser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a post on Twitter that Heller's video footage from Friday's press conference is "already clipped and saved".

Trump earlier indicated changes may be in store for the proposal unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

About 20 percent of all Americans and 40 percent of America's kids get their health care through the federal government's Medicaid program.

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he opposes the GOP bill scuttling much of the Obama health care law, complicating the effort by party leaders to guide the measure through the Senate. "They'd like to get certain changes. Make sure we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", Heller said.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said.

"They're also four good guys and they're four friends of mine".

The draft bill comes nearly two months after the House passed its own measure. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. He indicated the Senate plan met that request. "Well, I've done in five months what other people haven't done in years", he said.

The Senate Republican bill is a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans; the top one-tenth of the one percent would receive thousands upon thousands of annual tax cuts while some individuals with disabilities lose coverage.



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