“I think we’re gaining momentum”, Rounds said.
By contrast, when Democrats wrote Obamacare eight years ago, they added a provision – at the request of Republicans – that canceled Congress’ federal health benefits and required lawmakers to buy the exact same marketplace plans they were giving everyone else.
“If we can’t find compromise within our own party, then voters are going to make us accountable”.
Senate Republican leaders on Thursday released a modified version of their health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the changes may not be enough to win over both conservatives and moderates who were opposed to the original plan. It is virtually unintelligible and contains a little favor for moderates and a favor here and there for conservatives and would result in a health care insurance system few could understand and one that would leave more Americans at risk.
Many moderate Republicans aren’t on board with the revisions because of the prospective cuts being made to Medicaid – no different from the version of the bill put out in June. He said the bill had money states could use to mitigate those reductions that “could be a good thing”, but said he needed more information. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky said Thursday they do not support the current legislation. “We certainly saw that with Obamacare, for better and for worse”, Karpowitz said.
It still includes plans to slash by more than $700 billion the Medicaid federal health care program for the poor and disabled, a move that Republican centrists fear could devastate millions of families.
Mr. Portman said he would review the text and forthcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill.
Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also are expected to address the gathering on Friday. In fact, this bill seems created to court the far-right members of the Senate in the hopes that the moderates who opposed the previous version of the bill could be bullied into supporting this one.
Senate Republican leaders are facing new pressure from the White House to come up with a plan for passing their revised health-care bill, a mission one Senate GOP source cast as a “fool’s errand”.
For U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the bill is unacceptable.
Two Republican senators – Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME – have already said they would vote against even allowing debate to begin. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a critic of the Senate healthcare bill, to support the measure.
Heller and Sandoval held a news conference in Las Vegas last month at which the senator announced he would not support the first draft of the Senate health-care bill.
“A health policy means nothing if it can’t be implemented and doesn’t work”, said Andy Slavitt, former administrator under President Barack Obama of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw Obamacare.