Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

Veteran Senator John McCain said the draft bill was better than Obamacare in "100 ways", but like many Senators wanted to study the bill further and consult with his state's governor. "And we are working with Congress to get a bill on my desk so we can rescue Americans from this catastrophe". The bill also makes major cuts and structural changes to Medicaid, a health insurance program relied upon by almost 75 million Americans - primarily low-income, disabled, and elderly.

I applaud Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, of NY, in opposing the Senate health care bill just produced by a closed-door panel of Republican senators. "There's still an opportunity to make this bill better", he said.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found the House bill would kick 23 million Americans off their health plans, and the legislation is unpopular with the public.

Assuming every Democrat is a no vote, the GOP can't afford more than 2 of their own senators to vote against the bill. "A lot of Medicaid recipients will lose health insurance that they have gained, as the Medicaid program cuts through state block grants worsen over time and the dollars for supporting Medicaid expansion disappear".

"The president said the House bill was mean". McConnell has only a thin margin of error: The bill would fail if just three of the Senate's 52 GOP senators oppose it.

"While we are still waiting for final numbers, every indication is that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans will be even more devastating". But unlike the House version of the legislation, it's not called the American Health Care Act.

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many
I wrote yesterday about how the special counsel's investigation of President Trump now dominates the media and political culture. But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy.

The Senate bill prohibits insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. He said along with support from President Donald Trump, "I think we're going to get this thing done, put it in conference and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced".

The recent rally in hospital and HMO stocks means the Senate Republicans' health-care bill will not pass, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday.

"We're concerned that it would lead to dramatic cuts in services or dramatic cuts in the number of beneficiaries who would rely on Medicaid", said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for AHIP.

The way Young sees it, McConnell's message to his party should be: "You're not all going to get what you want".

"If you have low-priced insurance, you go back to what you had before the Affordable Care Act, where you have plans that have all sorts of exclusions from coverage or you have to pay an extra amount", Giaimo said.

Democrats immediately attacked the legislation as a callous giveaway to the rich that would leave millions without coverage.