Nevada senator becomes fifth Republican to oppose healthcare bill

Posted June 25, 2017

In the Senate, the GOP health care plan is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

In the same tweet, Clinton linked to a story by the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute.

"[The Senate bill] would phase out the expansion of Medicaid that lots of states signed onto to give more people health care, beginning in 2020, and make deeper cuts after that", says Zwillich.

Critics, including former President Barack Obama, have called the Republican bills massive transfers of wealth from the poor and sick to the rich. Giaimo said there is truth to that because under "Obamacare", subsidies and Medicaid expansions were funded by tax penalties and higher premiums for those who earned more.

Insurance rates have increased, and we have yet to see the 2018 numbers, but under the Senate bill, cost sharing payments will be covered for few years.

According to a poll from the Kaiser Famidly Foundation, 55 percent of Americans say the Senate's bill is unfavorable, compared with 30 percent who say it is favorable.

The Senate health care bill created to replace the Affordable Care Act has drawn criticism from conservative Republican lawmakers who say the measure does not go far enough to repeal Obamacare.

Gov. Christie's spokesman has said he will not comment on this pending health care legislation, that the process of finalizing a bill is a long one.

To pass the Senate, with unanimous Democratic opposition expected, Republicans can only afford two defectors.

President Donald Trump, on the other hand, believes that the bill is "going to be very good" with a little negotiation needed to make it better.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was urging Democrats to post stories on social media on constituents whose health care coverage would be threatened. If three Republican Senators vote no on the Senate legislation, the measure will fail.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah joined Cruz in a joint statement they're "not ready to vote for this bill".

Appealing to Congress and the United States people, Mr Obama said the 142-page plan had a "fundamental meanness" at its core and was "not a healthcare bill".

He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids.

The 142-page measure unveiled Thursday eliminates Obamacare's insurance mandates and its new taxes on the wealthy but it retains a decent amount of Obamacare's tax credits to help lower income Americans buy insurance.

He said the bill would also jeopardize addiction treatment programs for people with opioid addictions.

There have been reports Senate Republican leaders want to vote on the bill next week. Sen.