Senate GOP health bill: Cut Medicaid, end no-coverage fines

Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", the Washington Post quotes Heller as saying.

"It's simply not the answer", the Nevada Republican said at a news conference alongside Gov. Brian Sandoval in Las Vegas.

Heller's opposition is the latest roadblock for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Democrats formed a united front against the controversial measure that was drafted in secret, criticising it as a "war on Medicaid", the healthcare programme for lower-income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives last month.

A quarter of Coloradans use Medicaid, and because the Senate health care bill wants to roll back the expansion, it could affect The Centennial State in a major way.

A number of Republicans such as Susan Collins and ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill until they had had a chance to read it. "A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good". As pointed out by Vox, these include the essential health benefits package - something which requires healthcare providers to cover maternity care, mental health treatment, and prescription drugs.

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Trump later criticized the House bill privately as "mean" and this week called for a health plan "with heart". "She has a number of concerns and will be particularly interested in examining the forthcoming CBO analysis on the impact on insurance coverage, the effect on insurance premiums, and the changes in the Medicaid program", Clark said.

— Senate debates the bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said senators will have an opportunity to offer amendments to add to or change the bill. Johnson said Friday that would be "way too early".

Appealing to Congress and the U.S. people, Mr Obama said the 142-page plan had a "fundamental meanness" at its core and was "not a healthcare bill".

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said his first review of the Senate legislation "raises several red flags for the state".

"It's all these mandates that have artificially driven up the cost of insurance on the individual market", Sen.

Under Obamacare, the federal government had guaranteed that its funding for adults newly eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act would fall to no lower than 90 percent of their costs. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Sen. Johnson said, "It's freakish what we've done to our healthcare markets".