Senator Cantwell's plan to stop Republican health care bill

Sen. Dean Heller R-Nev

Tom Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services defended the Senate health care bill draft, telling CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that "the plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down".

In words and, of course, in tweets, President Trump has showered praise on Republicans' efforts to replace Obamacare with their own health-care 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", Heller said at a press conference.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs.

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, USA president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.

Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday, effectively phasing out Medicaid entirely.

Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.

McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber's 52 Republicans. And health insurance, like auto insurance, should be mandatory, with basic coverage including maternity care and mental health.

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Trump didn't indicate what types of changes may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a US House-passed bill as "mean". Mostly crafted behind closed doors, there's much in the massive bill that health care experts and members of Congress need to learn about the legislation, but even if it is assumed the majority of the bill will be an improvement on Obamacare, which has unquestionably failed to deliver quality health insurance at reasonable prices, a few key provisions in the Senate bill could prove disastrous for families, health insurance companies, and, eventually, even the Republican Party. "I think this bill takes us a big step in that direction".

Already five Republican senators have said they can not vote for their party's plan as it stands now, with four them saying it does not go far enough to curb provisions under the Obama law and one saying the cuts in healthcare payments for the poor go too far. The state has added 200,000 more people to its program under the Obama overhaul. The Senate bill also proposes eliminating many ACA taxes, and the employer penalties associated with the employer and individual mandates would be repealed retroactively, dating to the start of 2016. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval.

Democrats have widely lampooned the bill, including former president Barack Obama, who also spoke of the bill's "fundamental meanness". The healthy people end up subsidizing the high medical bills of the sick people - and also purchase protection against financial ruin should they become one of the sick people themselves.

The GOP senators who joined Johnson in the Thursday statement were Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Sen. Sanders meanwhile is now on a tour across multiple states to rally opposition to the bill.

"Why don't we whittle it down to what the whole caucus agrees on?" said Mr. Paul. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who said on NBC's Meet the Press, "I would like to delay the thing".

Under special rules McConnell is using that will block Democrats from using a filibuster to kill the bill, the legislation can not include provisions that make policy changes that don't primarily affect the budget.

CBO analysis of the bill predicts that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while the top 1 percent of Americans would enjoy $306 billion in tax cuts over 10 years.

In one instance, Sen.

The ad campaign will link Heller to Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, painting the 57-year old freshman senator as a "typical politician".

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