New Senate Proposal Jeopardizes Health Coverage for Millions of Americans

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The Trump Resistance is putting pressure on several so-called moderate Republican lawmakers who could join Senators Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky in refusing to back the latest version of the party's healthcare bill. Rand Paul of Kentucky, have said they will not support the legislation, putting its passage in a precarious position. The president warned Republican lawmakers that after seven years of "O'Care disaster" that they "must come through" and pass the bill.

The new version of the Senate bill includes an amendment that would only help Alaska, to ensure the votes of Republican Sens.

He followed with: "So impt Rep Senators, under leadership of @SenateMajLdr McConnell get healthcare plan approved". He spent three weeks reworking the measure.

McConnell has planned for a vote on the retooled bill next week.

In an effort to placate conservative Republicans who believe the earlier version fell short of their long-promised, ideologically pure Obamacare repeal, the new bill would authorize low-priced plans offering minimal coverage.

Lee and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had been working together on what they called the Consumer Freedom Amendment, meant to allow health insurers to offer some limited, lower-cost plans that don't comply with Obamacare requirements.

McConnell released a plan that attempts to attract conservative support by letting insurers sell low-priced, bare-bone policies and bids for moderate Republicans with an added $45 billion for states to combat opioid abuse. Ohio's John Kasich said Friday the bill was "still unacceptable, " largely because of the Medicaid cuts that are "too deep".

He said the GOP senators are right to be cautious, especially given reports from federal experts that millions of people would lose their health care coverage and others may end up paying higher costs. It's expected to issue its score next week. Collins said that the Cruz amendment is problematic to her because it decreases protections for those with preexisting conditions.

Ted Cruz noticed a glaringly biased tweet from CNN Thursday - and he let everybody know about it.

A governors-only session on Saturday will give them a chance to ask questions of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Mike Lee of Utah have been clear: they need the Cruz amendment to be included in the health care bill.

Heller is one of several moderate Republicans from states that expanded Medicaid who have yet to reveal where they stand on the revised legislation. The Senate adopted the ACA only after approximately 100 hearings, roundtables, walkthroughs and other meetings, and after 25 consecutive days in continuous session debating the bill.

Achieving that goal has been elusive in the first six months of the new administration, and the bill unveiled Thursday is already under threat of collapse.



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