GOP senators now oppose health bill - enough to sink it

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Senate leaders last week unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Dean Heller on Friday afternoon that he is not on board with Senate leadership's health care bill probably spoiled them.

The expansion has provided coverage to 11 million people in the 31 states that accepted it.

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget. Senate Republicans already know that Democrats oppose the bill, AARP opposes the bill, hospitals oppose the bill, and so forth. Heller's announcement makes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's goal of securing 50 of his party's 52 votes by next week even tougher.

The Senate bill looks a great deal like the House bill, which would leave 23 million more people without insurance over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But more important, like Collins, Heller set out conditions for getting his support that it's unlikely Mitch McConnell could meet without blowing up his entire coalition. "There's no way the Republican bill brings down premiums".

The Senate bill is similar to the House bill but includes additional funding to stabilize the Obamacare health insurance exchanges and, so far, does not contain a provision that would penalize people for not having health care coverage. "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else". GOP Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has not yet said she will vote against the bill, expressed reservations towards it to news outlets today. More than 100 Republican amendments were adopted into the Affordable Care Act during its long review period.

"It's not going to get any easier", Cornyn said at a Koch network summit, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"If we get to impasse, if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes I'll consider partial repeal", Paul said on ABC.

In a visit to his home state Capitol Friday, Pennsylvania's senior US Senator Bob Casey called the bill "obscene". The state eventually expanded health care services for the uninsured and poor when Gov.

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts.

"For immediate stability of the individual market, there are a lot of things in this bill that are really positive", Grow said.

Senate Republican leaders may rely on the deal-making former businessman to lean on conservative senators who are balking at the bill. "It's so easy. But we won't get one Democrat vote, not one".

Sen. Sanders meanwhile is now on a tour across multiple states to rally opposition to the bill.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a doctor and one of roughly 13 Republican senators who crafted the bill in closed-door sessions, strongly disagreed with Durbin's assessment.