Senate Democrats on Thursday defended President Barack Obama's signature legislation, saying Republican claims that the law was failing are off base, and the GOP proposal would force millions of Americans to lose health-care coverage and leave others with higher out-of-pocket costs, the AP reported. Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. Erasing Obama's law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years. Politico reports the Senate bill also cuts Medicaid funding more significantly than the House bill. "I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans", the Washington Post quotes Heller as saying.
Due to unanimous opposition from Democrats, Republican leaders can afford no more than two Republican defections for the bill to pass. There is uncertainty over whether abortion-related provisions will meet Senate rules, but those provisions could be included in another Senate bill.
"We have to act", McConnell said. Sandoval also asked if it's "really realistic" for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility. Then it undermines the stability of the marketplaces by eliminating the individual mandate to have coverage, which means there would be fewer healthy people to share the risk and rates would have to be even higher.
An outside political group aligned with the White House, America First Policies, said it is planning an advertising campaign targeting Heller for his opposition to the bill.
Menendez said that the wealthiest Americans will get a tax cut under the Senate legislation, paid for by "taking health care away from those who need it most".
On Fox News Friday, Trump said "It's not that they're opposed". "So we're going to see very significant reductions in coverage in Medicaid and big cuts in federal funding that will result in significant budget gaps for states".
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces a competitive re-election race in 2018, says he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid".
And Susan Collins of ME restated her opposition to blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood.
Obama held nothing back as he weighed in on Facebook.
Hospital groups came out against the bill on Thursday. He said there would be an open amendment process to allow changes, adding that he wants a final vote by the end of the month.
ABC News also reported that as the GOP bill was being released Thursday morning there was a "large protest gathered outside McConnell's office, with people in wheelchairs staging a 'die-in, ' and protesters chanting that no changes be made to Medicaid".