The conservative House Freedom Caucus applauded the Senate’s move Tuesday, and said in a statement, “We call on House leadership to do the same”. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen.
McConnell also has the flexibility to add about another $200 billion in spending to the bill that was put toward deficit reduction in his first draft, leaving him with some $430 billion with which to try to win over votes.
Some Senators have already begun offering alternatives which could make it into the revised bill.
A maverick Republican senator is warning party leaders against striking a compromise with Democrats should the GOP health care bill collapse. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. Lindsey Graham unveiled his own proposal.
“It’s going to mean a lot more money in the insurer-bailout fund”, Mr. Paul said.
The Texas senator’s amendment has the support of fellow hardliner Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to sell less expensive bare-bones plans alongside plans that comply with stricter Obamacare standards. But that would cause premiums to spike for those who are sick and need more comprehensive policies.
The top US Senate Republican said on Tuesday he would unveil a revised version of major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump on Thursday and planned for a vote next week but divisions within the party left its prospects unclear.
The amendment, proposed by Sens.
To win over Capito and other lawmakers anxious that changes will lead to opioid addicts no longer being able to get help, Republican Senate leaders two weeks ago added $45 billion over 10 years to help states pay for treatment. A vote on the measure is possible next week. That was very surprising, and they will be key to watch.
A group of 10 House Democrats took them up on that dare, releasing a plan on Wednesday that would make changes to the ACA to fix some of the underlying issues with the individual markets created by the legislation, Vox reported. Paul is conservative. Collins is moderate. “That’s what I want”, Heller said. Moderates are concerned about deep cuts to medicaid, which is something low-income Americans rely on for coverage. “And they’re being asked to vote for something that we never promised”.
The other conservatives: Cruz and Sen.
Besides Paul and Collins, other Republican senators have also been noncommittal on whether they will back McConnell’s bill next week, including Tim Scott of SC and Rob Portman of Ohio. Yet even he is having trouble supporting the GOP bill. Susan Collins announced on Twitter Thursday she would again be voting no on a motion to proceed a Senate Republican health care bill. He says the reasons are because it would allow people to stay on the Medicaid Expansion program until the age of 65, when they qualify for Medicare.