“There is no way on God’s Earth that this bill should be passed this week”, Sanders said. The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes.
McConnell is hoping to begin debate on the legislation as early as Tuesday and push it through the chamber by week’s end.
Senate Republican leaders are working to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress.
Spicer told reporters President Donald Trump was “pleased” with how the Senate bill reflected his commitment to ensuring those on Medicaid are not affected “in any way” by health care reform legislation. “That’s what I want”. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
Flake is politically popular but faces a primary challenge from a conservative.
“I’m not saying just kill the bill”, Kasich said.
The Senate bill resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans.
“You’ve got states across the country, including Pennsylvania, that have to balance their budget”, he said. Three House committees held more than a dozen public hearings before the Affordable Care Act came up for a floor vote.
Washington state officials say about 700,000 Washingtonians could lose health coverage under the Senate plan. The bill proposes phasing out federal funding to states that had been used to expand the program under the Obama administration. “And unless it gets fixed, I would – look, I’m against it”.
Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won’t vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning.
Heller faces a hard re-election fight next year. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I would like to delay the thing”.
Republican leadership is aiming to have a vote on the bill next week before senators leave Washington, DC for the Fourth of July recess.
Now he’s facing his next challenge – persuading enough Republicans to back the measure. Erasing Obama’s law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years, and failure would be a shattering defeat for the GOP.
McConnell drafted the measure after spending weeks seeking middle ground between conservatives seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama’s statute and centrists warning about going too far.
Without that addition, health care experts warned that the bill could create a “death spiral” where the proportion of sick individuals in the covered population would exceed the number of healthy consumers, causing premiums to skyrocket.