Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill

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Once promised as a top-to-bottom revamp of the health bill passed by the House last month, the Senate bill instead maintains its structure, with modest adjustments.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

"The president said the House bill was mean", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Look forward to making it really special!

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

The legislation cuts taxes, cuts spending, and allows states to engage in some modest deregulation of health-care markets.

Senate bill: Individual mandate would be eliminated.

It is now up to us to let our Senators know that this bill is unacceptable. Numerous companies help manage state Medicaid programs, meaning their profits can be hurt by those cuts as well. For states that opted into the expansion, people whose household incomes were up to 138% of the federal poverty level could qualify for coverage.

"This bill may change, but Republicans will only be putting lipstick on a devastating blow to Americans' health care", said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., on the fence. "This can turn a manageable condition into a life-threatening and expensive emergency", Kirch said in a statement. However, Collins said during an interview on NBC's "MTP Daily" that it is not just Medicaid or Planned Parenthood that she is anxious about.

He acknowledged that Republicans have long promised to repeal the ACA, but urged lawmakers to put aside partisan politics while working to address America's health care system. "It's what people expected based on the news coverage we've seen over the past few weeks". States would get $130 billion over 10 years to help sick people. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., told reporters. "We've got to fix the unmitigated disaster that is Obamacare".

Indiana Republican Party chairman Kyle Hupfer says the Senate legislation is all part of the GOP promise to repeal and replace the ACA.

Republican leaders in the House faced the same challenges in March that their Senate counterparts are now confronting. Changes were made and it squeaked by later. That chamber, too, faced opposition from both conservative and moderate pockets. Yet 80 percent of Medicaid recipients are children, the handicapped and the elderly. And GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME reiterated her opposition to language blocking federal money for Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans oppose because it provides abortions.

More people in the private insurance network - even if they are impoverished - will in theory help drive down prices.

Kery Murakami is the Washington, D.C., reporter for CNHI's newspapers and websites.

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