Senate GOP weighing penalties for uninsured in healthcare bill

Evrard Martin
Juin 25, 2017

Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won't vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning.

Assuming every Democrat is a no vote, the GOP can't afford more than 2 of their own senators to vote against the bill. The bill would slash Medicaid and rescind the Obamacare requirement that most Americans have health insurance. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday, effectively phasing out Medicaid entirely.

While substantial number of Republican senators being unhappy with the bill could be a bump on the road, the real test of the bill would arrive in the following week when the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the bill. Seventy-four percent of those polled, meanwhile, said they have a favorable opinion of Medicaid.

If the bill passes, Schumer told Newsday, Long Island could see an estimated $1 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next four years, out of about a $7 billion hit statewide. They also say the draft legislation does not do enough to lower health care premiums.

A vote on the bill could come next week.

In a joint statement, Cruz, Johnson, Paul and Lee said they oppose the bill because it does not fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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

Four Republican senators said they are unable for vote for the Senate's healthcare bill as written, jeopardizing its passage.

He becomes the fifth GOP senator to say he will not back the bill as it is now written, and the first in Senate Republicans' so-called moderate wing.

It differs with the House version in a few places, such as providing income-based tax credits to give some financial support to people with lower incomes.

"The Senate bill ... is not a health care bill", Obama wrote.

Washington state officials say about 700,000 Washingtonians could lose health coverage under the Senate plan.

"That could cause states to shrink eligibility, to cut people who really need health care from the program", Collins said.

However, Senate Republicans' bill would make deep cuts to Medicaid, rolling back Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and transforming federal Medicaid payments to the states into per capita reimbursements, the rates of rich would get smaller and smaller through 2025, or block grants.

The Senate's plan, like one passed by the House of Representatives, rolls back numerous provisions of Obamacare, including taking deep cuts from Medicaid program.

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