Senate GOP health care bill vote: The whip count

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The Senate Fiscal Agency estimates that the bill's proposed cuts to Medicaid spending would lead to $127.3 million in increased costs to the general fund in fiscal 2021, above the increases already anticipated under the Affordable Care Act.

The Democrats, Trump ranted on Twitter Monday, "have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain".

Meanwhile, a nonpartisan coalition of patient and consumer groups - American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the March of Dimes among them - urged senators to vote against the bill, saying it "will do irreparable harm to patients, particularly those living with chronic illnesses". But it was cold comfort to Republicans who hoped to meet President Trump's challenge to write a bill with "more heart".

SHAPIRO: And this bill would not only roll back the Affordable Care Act. "But his vote will come [with] major improvements that may or can not be accommodated by the budget rules constraining [reconciliation]".

Heller said at a Friday press conference announcing his opposition to the current bill that it was inaccurate to say the bill would lower premiums.

The House of Representatives narrowly approved its version of a new health care bill last month.

The new health care bill would end the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine.

Another change the bill makes is to extend the premium assistance to people who make less than the federal poverty level, while effectively phasing out the Medicaid expansion that allowed adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to be eligible.


"We can get there and I'm hopeful we will get there", Cruz said.

He noted the complicated road in the coming days to pick a plan "that everybody is going to like", but argued the alternative to changing USA health care policies is the collapse of the current law.

The highly anticipated CBO report comes ahead of an effort by Senate Republican leaders to push the bill toward a vote, perhaps as early as this week, before the July 4 recess.

Sloan says that, although premiums may be lower on average, the CBO analysis also projects much higher out of pocket costs for expenses such as deductibles, thousands of dollars you must pay before your insurance starts to kick in. The CBO forecast that the American Health Care Act, which the House passed last month after crafting it in a shambolic rush, would eventually leave 23 million uninsured in order to provide tax relief to investors and medical device makers.

Collins is one of several senators who initially expressed skepticism about the hastily drawn legislation, which was crafted largely behind closed doors by Republican leaders. "Remember keep your doctor, keep your plan?"

"I kind of figured it was going to be a pretty big number", said Corker, who remains undecided.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the Republican plan as "devastating for the middle class", and said he thinks Republicans have at best even odds of being able to pass the bill. That's a awful way to go about remaking a nation's health care system, and it can't stand. Tell us about what they did. "If they fail, hopefully they'll come sit down. I just know it's better than Obamacare". "President Trump is committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare, which has failed the American people for far too long". But repeal of the law could be possible with Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Like the U.S. House bill, the Senate version would switch to a per-capita funding system.

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