Susan Collins, R-Maine, was quick to register her opposition to the bill. Republican leaders insisted they still hope to hold a final vote this week, and McConnell did get one piece of good news in the CBO estimate: an extra $200 billion in deficit savings compared to the Housepassed bill.
The much-awaited Congressional Budget Office report yesterday found the number of uninsured will soar to 49 million by 2026 – or 22 million more than under Obamacare. “As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply and harms rural health care providers”.
The budget office, an independent, non-political entity, paired with the bicameral congressional tax committee to analyze the Senate Republican health care plan.
At least five Republican Senators have publicly opposed the bill. “Senator Toomey has noted numerous times that any Senate health care bill will ensure no one will lose their federal Medicaid eligibility, and no one now covered by Obamacare will have the rug pulled out from under them”.
Still, Democrats railed against the GOP bill as heartless and even risky.
Guest host Tom Bullock gets local reaction to the bill and we find out what kind of impact it could have on health care in North Carolina.
Eventually, the Senate bill could have even more far-reaching effects than the CBO forecast shows. Susan Collins of ME, a key swing vote, said Thursday that coverage losses of the size estimated by the CBO score were not acceptable.
Like the House version, the Senate proposal would phase out Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid and change the program’s funding from an open-ended entitlement to a fixed budget. Just this evening, since this report came out, we’ve had one Republican senator – Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME – say definitively that she will not vote for this Senate bill. Twenty-two million people could lose their health insurance.
“If you are on the fence. this CBO score didn’t help you, so I think it’s going to be harder to get to 50, not easier”, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said of the bill’s prospects.
Senate Republicans have updated their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, attempting to patch a hole that threatened to destabilize the individual insurance market. The Senate bill also assumes that after 2025, Medicaid bills will grow more slowly than they have historically.