5th GOP Senator Publicly Opposes Health Care Bill

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That group said the legislation did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare.

He wrote, "It remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need". "And we are working with Congress to get a bill on my desk so we can rescue Americans from this catastrophe". Though he lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump last week privately called the House measure "mean" and called on senators to make their version more "generous". "Because of this, I can not support it as now drafted, and I do not believe it has the votes to pass the Senate". He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

The proposed Republican health care bill released by Senate leadership this week will "kill Massachusetts" without addressing any of the real flaws in Obamacare, Congressman Stephen Lynch said yesterday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been criticized for drafting the bill in secret with just a dozen Republican Senate colleagues, says the proposal - which he calls a discussion draft - will stabilize insurance markets, strengthen Medicaid and cut costs to consumers.

Other Republicans in the Senate are reserving their complete support, saying they require more time to digest the 142-page bill and consider its implications.

"I really feel that people have to recognize a vote to be able to cut back Medicaid, which is what this really is.is a vote to be able to lose your seat whether you're in the Senate or the House".

The Nevada senator joins four other Republicans in expressing opposition to the draft bill as it is now written.

Mr McConnell said Democrats chose not to help frame the bill. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation".

Former US President Barack Obama has slammed the Republican Party's new healthcare bill, which he said would transfer wealth from the poor to the rich.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents health insurers covering more than 100 million people in the US, said it will continue to push for a replacement for Obamacare's coverage requirement as well.

"I can not support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance", said Sen.

The Senate bill prohibits insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

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