Health Care

Texas Senators Cruz, Cornyn React to Senate Health Care Bill

Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington.

Instead of forcing this choice between Americans' physical health and the nation's fiscal health, senators should end this repeal-and-replace disaster now.

The Senate health care bill created to replace the Affordable Care Act has drawn criticism from conservative Republican lawmakers who say the measure does not go far enough to repeal Obamacare.

Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is on record supporting the Senate's repeal bill, while Republican colleague Sen.

When Cassidy says Medicaid enrollees will see lower premiums under the Senate's restructure, that's likely true.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

Congress has a ton on its plate, and the GOP can't afford to bog down.

Heller, like four other GOP senators who announced their opposition to the Obamacare repeal bill that was unveiled Thursday, left the door open to negotiations.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

The bill is, nevertheless, similar in many ways to the bill the House passed that would leave millions more people without health coverage in the next decade. Anthem's reasoning is simple: As Obamacare is structured, the company can not afford to continue offering government-approved health insurance without losing money.

During the Obama years - whether leading the GOP minority or as Senate majority leader since 2015 - McConnell was a key player on several must-pass items: a 2011 budget and debt deal; an early 2013 "fiscal cliff" tax bill; and several "omnibus" spending packages.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said in a news conference held in his home state.

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

If three Republican senators vote "no" on the legislation, the measure will fail, CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.

If you're a conservative and you want to like the Senate health care bill, but you're concerned because Ted Cruz and Mike Lee say it doesn't go far enough, you could do a lot worse than to listen to Avik Roy. Analysis on 1950s welfare programs show that tight squeezes on states would incentivize states to cut people off the entitlement program. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. If so, he might be waiting until the last minute to introduce the continuous-coverage language, so Democrats have less time to raise the issue with the Senate parliamentarian.

"It was just released yesterday. I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn't promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies", he said."I mean, we could do this for cars", he added.

He called on citizens to pressure lawmakers into working with each other by calling and visiting members of Congress and sharing their stories about how the proposed bill will affect them.

Casey, speaking after a Friday rally in the Pennsylvania Capitol, warned that the bill would change society radically because the country will stop taking care of people who need it most. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision. At that point, the rates at which the federal government assists states changes and becomes tethered to the consumer price index.

"The Republicans that wrote this bill don't want you to understand the damage it will cause before they vote on it", said Wolf, a Democrat.

HORSLEY: One of the holdouts is Kentucky Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

What other states didn't expand Medicaid?



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