GOP senators now oppose health bill - enough to sink it

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, continued to reserve judgment Sunday on whether she will support or reject the health care bill released by Senate Republicans last week.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins said.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said. Thursday, they acted on that promise by unveiling the AHCA, a bill that will make deep cuts to Medicaid, end the mandate that requires most Americans have health insurance, and slashes other Obamacare policies.

GOP leaders say repealing the ACA is necessary because premiums are skyrocketing on the health insurance exchanges and because states should have the flexibility to offer Americans more affordable healthcare options.

"There isn't anything in this piece of legislation that will lower your premiums", he said, contradicting one of the main arguments that supporters of the bill have made.

Heller joined four conservative senators who came out against the bill Thursday, albeit for far different reasons, including that the Medicaid cuts aren't large enough, proving that McConnell's path to 50 is complicated.

So far, five Republican senators are expressing opposition to the Senate GOP plan that would scuttle much of the Obama law. Three of them said they anxious it does not go far enough in repealing the ACA, known as Obamacare.

McConnell, R-Ky., can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME told reporters she has "not yet had the opportunity to read the text of the bill and the details really matter".

The House's version of the bill, which passed that chamber in May, is a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

"There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state, that are peculiar to my state", Cassidy said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"The president said the House bill was mean", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Collins and others are anxious about the bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid and putting limits on federal funding of the program.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the current bill from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) "leaves in place the pre-existing-condition rules that drive up the cost of insurance for everyone".

"We have a very good plan", he said.

The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month.

The bill would let states get waivers to ignore some coverage requirements under Obama's law, such as specific health services insurers must now cover. A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found almost 60 percent of adults believed the House bill would make insurance costlier for low-income citizens and people with pre-existing conditions. "It's really sort of astounding that you have states that rejected Obamacare and now in the bill they're being penalized for rejecting it".

While Trump reportedly called the House bill "mean" and wants to see a bill with heart, Schumer said "the Senate bill may be meaner".

"She has been living in a group home for 21 years, all their funding comes from Medicaid", Stuart said.

Senator Cotton, who was part of the 13 member group that worked on developing the bill, has not taken a position on the final draft. We sure hope he changes his mind as he learns more about the bill. The bill has a $112 billion market stabilization fund to prevent this, but experts doubt it, or a similar measure in the House bill, would be enough.