The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on the Republican-backed bill. S. Toomey must vote no on the Senate bill.
Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators - conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul. The score for the House bill projected that 23 million people would lose their insurance, whilst cutting the federal deficit by $119bn over a decade. But in practice, states could have the freedom to eliminate current coverage requirements for all sorts of essential benefits, from maternity care to mental health and substance abuse. The bill would help stabilize insurance markets that are collapsing, improve affordability of health care, preserve access to care for those with pre-existing conditions, and sustain Medicaid, while also ensuring those who rely on the program don't have the rug pulled out from under them.
But the federal money drops so deeply in 2024 that it's unlikely many states would keep Medicaid expansion.
That would leave states - which also fund the program - with fewer resources.
What is unmistakable is the Senate bill's thorough gutting of Medicaid as an entitlement, a long-held Republican goal. The center said that could spark a "race to the bottom" in medical coverage as states try to undercut one another.
Flake is politically popular but faces a primary challenge from a conservative. "Heller is up for re-election in 2018 and is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in that cycle".
Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.
Sen. Thune says a date for the vote on the new version is unclear but the expectation is it will happen late next week.
"It was just released yesterday". He told Fox News, "I think that they'll probably get there, but those Senators are not the only obstacles". Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014. If so, he might be waiting until the last minute to introduce the continuous-coverage language, so Democrats have less time to raise the issue with the Senate parliamentarian.
GOP leaders say repealing the ACA is necessary because premiums are skyrocketing on the health insurance exchanges and because states should have the flexibility to offer Americans more affordable healthcare options. The insurance they would buy under the bill might seem cheap at first, but it wouldn't be if they ended up paying more in deductibles. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Finally, Whitlock suggests, senators could be deliberately trying to create a rickety market, so states will be forced to take matters into their own hands.
There have been reports Senate Republican leaders want to vote on the bill next week. Sen. Democrats already deeply oppose Republican attempts to overhaul former United States president Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
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