Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

Then, within hours of the CBO announcement - it estimated that 22 million additional Americans will be uninsured in less than a decade, 15 million of them in 2018 alone - a group of Republican senators suggested that not only will they not vote for the bill themselves, they won't support it being voted on by the Senate at all.

The Congressional Budget Office score may complicate things.

McConnell said Trump has been "fully engaged" in the process, and will host all Senate Republicans at a special meeting at the White House at about 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) today.

HORSLEY: The original Senate bill, which was unveiled last week, required insurance companies to offer coverage to everyone, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, but it didn't have any kind of requirement for individuals to have health insurance. Collins, a moderate, said the CBO analysis showed the bill "doesn't fix" Obamacare's problems.

"The CBO has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how healthcare legislation will impact insurance coverage", said an unsigned statement from the White House.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to staunch his party's rebellion, a day after the Congressional Budget Office released its report. By 2020, the federal scorekeeper anticipates that premiums would ultimately be about 30 percent lower than under the current law-primarily because the bill's tax credits would go toward stingier plans with higher deductibles.

Criticism toward the U.S. Senate's healthcare overhaul bill is coming from the governor of MI as well. Susan Collins (R-ME) said that she has a hard time seeing what tweaks to the legislation would prompt her to back the bill.

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Last week, Collins called the CBO analysis "all important" and said she can not support a bill that causes tens of millions of Americans to lose coverage.

In addition, conservative Sen. "The reality is that this so-called "health care" bill is nothing more than a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very rich".

"We don't have enough information". Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Most of the disgruntled senators have left the door open to backing the measure if it's changed. Dean Heller, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. That legislation would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under the Affordable Care Act, CBO said earlier. Despite the deliberately misleading statements from the backers of this legislation, it is now clearer than ever that this proposed plan would decimate Medicaid, impose an age tax and hike premiums, while risking job loss at rural hospitals. And it would put annual caps on overall Medicaid money the government until now has automatically paid states, whatever the costs.

The individual market would be stable in most areas of the country under the Senate plan, the CBO projected.

The bill passed by House Republicans relies on a different mechanism to encourage healthy people to buy coverage.

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