In a tweet, the former secretary of state wrote, "Forget death panels".
Realizing they're outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill. He supports the expansion of health savings accounts and giving Americans more freedom in choosing plans that are right for them. This appears to be an allusion to the Congressional Budget Office's determination that the House bill would eliminate insurance for 23 million people - 14 million of them through the very Medicaid provisions Heller was criticizing most.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents health insurers covering more than 100 million people in the US, said it will continue to push for a replacement for Obamacare's coverage requirement as well.
"If our Republican colleagues were proud of this bill, there'd be a brass band down the middle of Fifth Avenue and every street in America", said Schumer, the Senate's minority leader. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean.
The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.
"[The Better Care Act] takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said, echoing a sentiment expressed in his initial statement on the bill, when it came out Thursday.
Moller said he wouldn't presume how Kennedy might vote, but noted the senator's public statements have been critical of Medicaid spending and supportive of efforts to scale back the program. The real numbers of Republican senators who oppose the measure could actually be much higher though, considering several have refused to say one way or another whether they support the overhaul.
Today, Medicaid pays for all the care people need, and state and federal governments share the cost.
"I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said.
In recent weeks, some Republican senators have said they feel uncomfortable with Medicaid cuts being proposed.
Assistant Director of the Dayton Access Center for Independent Living, Greg Kramer, says cutting Medicaid would hurt many low-income people with disabilities who rely on the program for health care and services.