"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas. The plan (details of the Senate version have just been released) also slashes Medicaid by $834 billion, threatening the health care of 74 million Americans who rely on Medicaid every day and creating huge deficits in state budgets.
Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer.
"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandate so Americans are no longer forced to buy insurance they don't need or can't afford", McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. This press conference may have been Heller laying claim to one of the two lifeboats that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can spare in order to get to 50 votes. The GOP holds a 52-48 advantage over Democrats in the Senate, with Vice President Pence standing ready to break ties in the GOP's favor.
Hillary Clinton put on the boxing gloves once again to fight back against the forthcoming Senate healthcare bill.
The Senate bill is not health care reform.
In the broadcast interview, Trump did not indicate what types of changes to the Senate bill may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a House-passed bill as "mean".
He repeated a common GOP criticism that too few insurance companies are offering plans on some state exchanges and that premiums have increased sharply over the past several years.
A handful of Senate Republicans are meeting in secret to craft a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.
"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", Heller said.
Sandoval, a Republican who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said 210,000 received health coverage because of the decision.
McConnell has a dilemma similar to the one House leaders faced in passing their health care bill last month: If changes are made to accommodate moderates, they'll surely lose the support of conservatives.
Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare".
Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH have all said that they have concerns. Cruz or Sen. Paul about the direction the bill should be heading in, ' said Sen.
The Nevada senator joins four other Republicans in expressing opposition to the draft bill as it is now written.
Cassidy's concerns have critics of the Senate bill hoping they can persuade him to oppose the proposal. Sen. The bill would also cut taxes for high-income Americans.
- Gives each state a fixed amount of Medicaid funding, forcing states to make cuts when money runs out.