Five GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

Five GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it”

That means that Republican supporters of the legislation can only lose two Republican votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote if the Senate splits 50-50. Changes can still be made to the legislation.

Many supporters-like Pennsylvania's Republican US Senator Pat Toomey-say they don't think that will necessarily change Medicaid coverage drastically. "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill".

McConnell may be pushing for speedy passage because that disunity is only getting worse. The plan would repeal Obamacare taxes, restructure subsidies to insurance customers that are based on their incomes and phase out Medicaid's expansion program.

President Donald Trump has complained former president Barack Obama "used his phrase" when he described the GOP healthcare plan as 'mean'.

"This bill is exactly the opposite of what the President said", Stabenow told WWJ.

An outside political group aligned with the White House, America First Policies, said it is planning an advertising campaign targeting Heller for his opposition to the bill.

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus".

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There are some differences between the House bill and the Senate bill, but overall, many people are concerned if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, because the replacement could leave millions of Americans without coverage.

"Democrats in Congress created this calamity and now, if we don't act, millions more Americans will be hurt by Obamacare's deepening death spiral".

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. That expansion program would begin being phased out in 2021, and fully repealed three years later. But unlike the House version of the legislation, it's not called the American Health Care Act. Trump said on Saturday on his personal Twitter account.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well.

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