Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

Just as in the House bill, the Senate legislation would eliminate two taxes that Obamacare levied on the wealthy to help pay for the law. In fact, people who are over 50, many of them would be asked to pay as much as 50 percent of their income [for health insurance], and that's all in order to make the policies cheaper for younger people.

Another was Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. The bill was approved by Congress without a single Republican vote, after which the GOP successfully used it as a campaign issue against Democrats in the 2010 midterms that led to Republicans taking control of the House.

McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on.

About 36 percent of respondents favored letting states limit how long people can qualify for Medicaid, the same as supported cutting federal funds for the program's expansion.

There's more, like the substantial increase in premiums for older workers and the quiet kickback to insurance company CEOs.

"It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

"The chaos the Republican Party is wrecking across our health care system won't just be felt in our insurance markets but in doctor's offices, ER's and clinics across the state of in", says Myers.

Democrats were hoping to scare off as many Republican votes as possible by planning efforts around the country to criticize the measure.

Critics say most of the benefits of the tax breaks will go to affluent Americans.

The strategy follows Trump's seat-of-the-pants approach on health care in the House that nearly unraveled and exposed painful rifts among Republicans. It also would provide more generous tax subsidies than the House bill to help low-income people buy private insurance.

Christopher Condeluci, who served as tax and benefit counsel to the Senate Finance Committee when the ACA was drafted, said the changes might prompt more people to buy insurance, noting that subsidies will be available to those who are under the federal poverty level, which they aren't under current law.

Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators - conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul. That group said the legislation did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare. They absolutely hate it because they think it might eat into their profit. "We'll have to see".

A disappointing CBO score for the Senate bill would only compound the pressure facing wary Republicans such as Rand Paul of Kentucky, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "And the tax credits in the bill will also be better-designed".

"I just find it very hard to conceive that I'll be able to gather all the information I need to justify a yes vote", Wisconsin's Ron Johnson told Politico.

Though senators promised to write their own repeal bill, their proposals largely mirror the House legislation. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

"No amount of eleventh hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something", he said.

Even if a deal were reached in the Senate and House, however, the White House is likely to face intense resistance from GOP governors who opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and who are now unhappy with the proposal in both versions of the bill to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. And so using a quasi-bronze plan as the benchmark rather than a silver plan means reducing the financial assistance people get to buy insurance. Republican congressmen, as well as conservative and Tea Party activists, demanded that legislation weighing in at more than 2,000 pages and affecting one-sixth of the economy be carefully considered by Congress and openly debated before the American people.

Obama law: Requires all insurance plans to cover services from 10 broad "essential services", including hospitalization, office visits, prescriptions, maternity and childbirth, substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and preventive services, including birth control at no additional charge for women.



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