He doesn't care if it "transitions" millions of Americans off of Medicaid, and if it cripples the health-care exchanges that have served millions more.
Monday on "The Hugh Hewitt Show", while discussing the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he worries the CBO report doesn't fully reflect those long-term effects, since the forecast is focused on a 10-year budget window.
The provision wasn't included in the original version of the bill, but health care experts have warned that without some kind of continuous coverage incentive, the health care market could become unstable. Though average premiums for benchmark plans may eventually drop under the Senate bill, these would be offset by high deductibles - about $6,000 for a single person enrolled in a benchmark plan after 2020, the analysts projected - and the retraction of subsidies to help people pay such costs. "And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, can not change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". According to CBO, individuals over age 64 making $56,800 a year could see their premiums for a silver plan triple from $6,800 to $20,500.
However, the Senate bill would maintain much of Obamacare's subsidy structure to help people pay for individual coverage, but make it less generous, particularly for older enrollees.
"The bill is framed as repealing and replacing the ACA, but for Medicaid, the changes are much broader", said Robin Rudowitz, an associate director at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Paul, Mike Allen notes, seems hung up on conservative principles and is expected to use his opposition to make a stand.
In short, the CBO estimates suggest that the Senate bill neither repeals nor repairs ObamaCare. President Donald Trump has called the House version "mean" and called on Senate Republicans to approve legislation with more "heart".
So, America, do you think he would veto any bill that would violate these campaign promises? "It is far from a ideal bill", Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate who had been closely watched for her vote, tweeted on Monday night.
"I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this for me to vote for motion to proceed", Johnson said. The bill allows states to end the individual and employer mandates imposed under Obamacare. Our hospitals are already struggling. "I'm not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare". Senator John Cornyn of Texas said there is "a sense of urgency" to push forward but acknowledged the outcome is "going to be close". McConnell has wanted to hold the vote before the upcoming week-long July 4 recess, when party leaders worry that senators will face pressure to abandon the legislation.
"There are half a dozen Republican Senators who are undecided and they will determine the fate of the bill". At least four GOP Senators-a mix of moderates and conservatives-have expressed reservations about the BCRA in its current form.
The House passed its own version of a health care bill in May.
House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi told CBS This Morning on Monday: "We do know that many more people - millions, hundreds of thousands - of people will die if this bill passes".