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Trump and health care: Promises made, promises broken

Dean Heller on Friday became the latest Senate Republican to say he opposes the current GOP health care bill.

"Any federal legislator who votes for this bill and says, oh I didn't cut Medicaid, I just sent it back to the states-that whole argument.is deliberately misleading", he added.

"My colleagues in the U.S. Senate on the Republican side of the aisle have been trying to write a health-care bill in the dark", Cantwell said, referring to the legislation crafted by a select group of GOP lawmakers and kept secret until this week.

At lightning speed and with a little over a week for wider review, the Republicans' bill could influence health care and health insurance of every American. Low-income people would have "more access" to health care because of the bill, he claimed. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky have said they are "not yet ready" to support the plan, although they are willing to negotiate changes that could get their backing.

Predictably, Democrats were firm in their opposition to the GOP bill. Sen.

He said his clinic mostly serves Medicaid families and kids.

The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect".

It doesn't include the House bill's allowance for insurance companies to charge people more if they've let insurance lapse, an incentive for healthy people to stay insured, and unlike the House bill it doesn't include provisions to allow states to waive protections for people with preexisting conditions. Sandoval introduced Heller at the press conference with remarks explaining how the Senate bill would lose Nevada hundreds of millions of dollars to cover its low-income population. It would erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped Obama's law expand coverage by roughly 20 million Americans.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has a challenge on unifying his party to successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

MARTIN: What parts and programs of the Affordable Care Act are most at stake with this new version of the Senate Republicans' bill?

Senators had promised that their ACA replacement would be very different than the version that passed the House in May, but the bill instead follows the House's lead in many ways.

Democrats said the GOP measure would take coverage away from people and raise their out-of-pocket costs, all in the name of paring taxes on the wealthy.

In the narrowly divided Senate, defections from just three of the 52 Republican senators would doom the legislation.

"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.

A month before he officially launched his bid for president, Trump tweeted that he would not touch the Medicaid program.

"I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill", Paul told MSNBC on Friday.



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