McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

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Though the Senate GOP's bill repeals the individual mandate, the legislation maintains numerous ACA tax credits that have helped people buy insurance.

Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid. Dean Heller and Susan Collins have also withheld support.

The bill was created to be a budget reconciliation instead of new legislation and thus would need only a simple majority of Senate to pass the bill, as opposed to the customary 60-vote majority. Though Trump lauded its passage in a Rose Garden ceremony, he called the House measure "mean" last week. We need more time to be able to get through it.

The tax credits would be tied to income - similar to the Affordable Care Act, but different from the House bill that would link the funding to a person's age.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects to release its analysis of the Senate plan early next week.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", Heller said.

But there's no death spiral in Florida, judging from preliminary numbers released by the state on Thursday that show six insurers plan to sell coverage in the state through the federal marketplace in the coming year.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".

"The working poor, disabled and elderly appear to shoulder the burden in this latest version of Congress' health care rewrite", Edwards said in a statement.

"No one knows the Senate better that Senator McConnell", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom".

Former President Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is the target of GOP repeal efforts, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that the Republican plan "is not a health care bill". It is the character of the nation - "who we are, and who we aspire to be and that's always worth fighting for", Obama writes.

Cut to 2017 and a clip of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asking McConnell whether the Senate would have more than 10 hours to review and amend the repeal bill before it goes to a vote. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation".

Menendez gave his remarks at the Newark Community Health Center, a federally-funded health clinic where over 60 percent of patients rely on Medicaid to fund treatment.

The 142-page bill, which includes cuts to Medicaid, would end the individual mandate set up by the ACA, which was a key component that kept the law functioning.

"Medicaid is being cut - Sen".

First, no bill produced in secret and in haste can reform a sector that affects so many people, so many interest groups, and such a large segment of the economy.

The proposal would kick millions of people off their insurance, raise health care costs for Virginians, especially seniors, and leave states on the hook for hundreds of dollars for Medicaid, U.S. Sen. "Millions of families will lose coverage entirely".

If the Senate bill can't stack up to ObamaCare when it comes to premiums, that would be a killer because TrumpCare's most glaring problem is that it makes ObamaCare deductibles look minuscule.

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