Senate Health Care Bill Could Be In Jeopardy As Conservatives Announce Opposition

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"America First Policies, a group started by some of President Donald Trump's campaign advisers, is set to launch an advertising blitz against Nevada's Republican Sen". The Senate bill breaks away from the House version of the bill after 2025. But it would still force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that "Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security".

House Republicans have passed their health care bill, and Senate GOP leaders are driving toward a vote next week.

Last September, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, "Nevada is one of just eight states that saw a slight increase in income inequality from 2014 to 2015, according to new census data that raise questions about the evenness of the state's economic recovery". "Seniors can be charged at least five times more for their health care coverage".

Huckabee said Schumer's response was "carefully crafted" and that it was "amazing" he released such a negative statement so quickly after the bill's release. About 11 million are covered by the expansion.

However, pro-life leaders are concerned - or are even certain - that the pro-life language will be removed by the Senate Parliamentarian before the bill reaches the Senate floor. The House calls for doing it by 2020.

The Senate bill, like the House bill, looks to undercut the Medicaid program in the following way: the current model, which is an open-ended commitment to states to pay most Medicaid enrollee's bills, would become a per capita cap system. Currently, there is no limit on how much the program will pay for care for those enrolled.

"On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Human Services put out a sobering estimate of the changes' impact just in this state: "The "$1.6 billion in federal funding lost in 2021 alone is roughly equal to the state cost of covering the more than 700,000 children, pregnant women and parents now on Medicaid in 2018".

They might pass finally pass a repeal bill and maybe even send it to Trump.

Medicaid is the federal-state funded program that provides medical coverage for the poor.

In Oregon, lawmakers this week passed a health care tax meant to fix a $1.4 billion, two-year budget deficit attributed largely to Medicaid expansion costs. "Not only health care, but mental health services", Stokes, a former Democratic mayoral candidate, said. The entire Medicaid program as Americans know it could end, and for many Republicans, that's the entire idea.

That's especially true because the Senate bill would allow governors to lower coverage standards by executive certification - without approval from legislatures, Corlette said. "There are party differences with a large majority of Democrats supporting the status quo (81 percent) compared to fewer, but still a majority, of independents (65 percent) and Republicans (52 percent)".

Nearly immediately, the pro-Trump group America First Policies made a decision to launch what a source with the group says will be a major television, radio and digital ad buy against Heller - a remarkable attack on a member of Trump's own party whose seat is endangered in 2018.

Both men are Republicans who chose to expand Medicaid in their states.

Brewer said cutting Medicaid eventually will cause private insurance premiums to rise because people losing coverage will seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms. "So, we have 142 pages to go through", she said. "There's no way the Republican bill brings down premiums".

Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version. A White House official said the Trump has pushed his team to stay involved and plans to flex his negotiating muscle, the official said. AP reporter Thomas Beaumont contributed from Des Moines, Iowa.

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