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13 ways the Senate GOP health-care plan could impact MI

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he will not vote for the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill as now written.

"It's not the answer, it's simply not the answer", Heller said.

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the US Senate on Friday to mobilise support for their party's healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.

Heller is up for reelection in 2018 in a state won by Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election.

Former President Barack Obama criticized a Republican Senate bill proposed Thursday that would repeal and replace parts of his signature Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, calling the measure bad for Americans and saying that it has "fundamental meanness" at its core.

Like Obamacare, this bill has no bipartisan support, although some Republicans say they're open to negotiation.

Now, a draft of the so-called Better Care and Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is out, and it's safe to say that it's as spiteful as everyone had feared. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Remarkably, some of the GOP are already arguing the bill does not go far enough and are planning to oppose it in its current form.

For the measure to clear the Senate, Republicans can only afford to lose two GOP votes amid unanimous Democratic opposition. He says the idea that the bill would lower health care premiums is a "lie".

The moderate Republican has voiced her concerns about the health care bill, but has stopped short of announcing opposition.

The new legislation would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a non-profit health organization that Trump's administration has targeted for cuts because it provides abortion services. It is possible if not likely that the CBO score of the Senate draft - due early next week - will significantly improve that number.

The legislation also reshapes subsidies to low-income people for private insurance.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure.

"The protections around pre-existing conditions are still in place in the Senate bill, but the waiver authority gives states options that could include limiting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions", says Pearson.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs. "The only people who are better off under their bill are millionaires and health insurance companies". A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income citizens and people with pre-existing conditions.



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