Dean Heller Joins Republican Opposition to Senate Health Care Plan

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In a press conference with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval today, Senator Dean Heller joined his colleague Susan Collins in taking a very negative, and possibly irreconcilable, position on the Senate version of the American Health Care Act. "They can choose to keep standing by as their failing law continues to collapse and hurt more Americans, but I hope they will join with us instead to bring relief to the families who have struggled under "Obamacare" for far too long".

"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. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted the new bill as "heartless", warning it would eventually cut Medicaid even more steeply than the House legislation. It still gives power to the states to drop numerous essential benefits required by the ACA, including maternity care, emergency services, substance abuse, and mental healthcare treatments. More than 600,000 people in Nevada are on Medicaid, including disabled and low-income children.

"I agree with President Trump that the House bill needed more heart, and it seems that the Senate bill needs more soul", Manchin said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Americans deserved better care than what Democrats passed in 2010. But proposals eliminate the taxes imposed on high-income Americans to help pay for an expansion of health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. "The bill that's before the Senate doesn't meet that test".

AVIK ROY: The bill will encourage a lot more of those individuals to buy health insurance.

The Senate bill would make the payments through 2019, but then cut them off.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than ideal and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost".

Hours after the measure was unveiled to Congress, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement that they were not ready to vote in favour of the legislation.

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Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators - conservatives and moderates - have declined to commit to the new overhaul.

"This bill will have a devastating impact on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families", said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). People are removed from a sit-in outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office as they protest proposed cuts to Medicaid, Thursday, June 22, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Republicans believe we have a responsibility to act - and we are", McConnell said Thursday on the Senate floor.

But it is on health care that Obama has perhaps the most to lose and, with his lengthy Facebook statement, has signaled his intention to have the most political influence.

Asked by CNN if the new bill met his "Kimmel test", Cassidy responded, "Again, I need to review the text but the issue is if your loved one gets sick, would they have adequate coverage?"

Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions. They'd like to get certain changes. Each state has expanded Medicaid and has a GOP senator. At a recent budget hearing, HHS Secretary Tom Price defended the Trump administration's allocations and questioned how much difference Medicaid actually makes. The Senate bill also calls for a tighter cap on federal spending in Medicaid overall than the House bill did.

The Senate bill would lock in Florida's already low Medicaid funding for the next decade or more, making it hard to keep covering eligible Floridians and leaving little money for public health threats such as Zika, warns Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

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