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Presidential debate: Trump, Obama clash over health care

26 June 2017, 06:53 | Gladys Abbott

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

In a statement after a draft of the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was released Thursday, Heller said he made clear during debate over the bill that he wanted to "make sure the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion".

A health insurance industry trade group says it's encouraged by provisions of the Senate GOP health care bill, but stopped short of voicing support. It is health care rationing, forcing many to pay more for less coverage and limiting Medicaid spending in ways that are even crueler than the House bill envisions. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz - hold firm in their demand that the GOP bill roll back Obamacare's protections for preexisting conditions, it could prove fatal.

The Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is in trouble after a group of conservative Senators said the plan doesn't go far enough in being fiscally conservative.

With Republicans in the Senate holding only a 52-48 seat edge, they can afford only two defections to get to a 50-50 tie, allowing Vice President Pence to then presumably break any logjam.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., another Republican who has yet to endorse the Republican plan, told NBC's Meet The Press that he wants to delay the whole thing: "There's no way we should be voting on this next week".

According to reports earlier this month, Trump called the House version of the health care bill the chamber passed last month "mean" and called for legislation with more "heart". Paul said on NBC News' "Today". It would be bad for Florida and the nation, and the Senate would be foolish to rush to vote next week on such a cynical, flawed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Collins and others are anxious about the bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid and putting limits on federal funding of the program. "The way this bill cuts health care is heartless", Schumer said today. He said any repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act would have "insurance for everybody", telling the Washington Post, "there was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it". That's more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

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"It'll be very hard to get me to a 'yes, '" Heller said.

President Donald Trump continued to push for replacing Obama's health care law, tweeting Saturday: "I can not imagine that these very fine Republican Senators would allow the American people to suffer a broken ObamaCare any longer!"

But the Senate bill disrupts this. More than 600,000 people in Nevada are on Medicaid, including disabled and low-income children.

Medicaid will still be cut-it'll just happen farther into the future.

Adding it is particularly interesting that neither Senator Cotton, nor Senator Boozman, have publicly backed or opposed the bill, considering the vast impact it will have on Arkansans.

The CBO is slated to release its analysis of the Senate bill this coming week.

Actually, only by killing this bill would these senators open the way for reasonable fixes to the ACA.

Though the Senate GOP's bill repeals the individual mandate, the legislation maintains numerous ACA tax credits that have helped people buy insurance. If it passes - and some GOP members are balking - it would have to be reconciled with the House bill.

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