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Nevada senator becomes fifth Republican to oppose healthcare bill

Nevada senator becomes fifth Republican to oppose healthcare bill

Asked what would need to be included in the bill to get him on board, Paul said: "It has to look less like Obamacare light - it's got to look like what we promised". It would let insurers provide fewer benefits, offer less generous subsidies than Obama to help people buy policies and end the statute's tax penalties on people who don't buy policies and on larger firms that don't offer coverage to workers.

President Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare during his campaign, praised the Senate's bill, but noted changes were likely. Senate Republican leaders unveiled the legislation yesterday.

Heller's position potentially adds to the difficulties the GOP faces in changing the plan to secure votes from at least 50 of its 52 members.

A handful of Senate Republicans are meeting in secret to craft a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"There are lots of frustrated senators saying they didn't like the process of writing this bill, [but] none of them saying they would use their power to do anything about it", says Zwillich.




But in an interview that aired Friday, he noted that, "you do something that's good for one group but bad for another". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber.

The other four GOP senators to oppose the health care bill in its current form-Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee-essentially did so from a more conservative position, arguing it doesn't go far enough in repealing the ACA.

He said that if Republicans come up with a plan that is "demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it". Early next week, the Congressional Budge Office will submit a report evaluating how many people would lose their insurance due to the bill as well as its impact on the federal budget. The rollback of the expansion of Medicaid, the government insurance program for low income Americans was particularly seen as a positive move.

Sandoval specifically pointed to people who were making a little more than $16,000 per year. It would erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped Obama's law expand coverage by roughly 20 million Americans.

- Protects those with pre-existing conditions from getting charged more, but their coverage could be reduced. "That means the money available under this bill, for Medicaid in the out years, beyond 10 years, is even leaner, is even less, is even a deeper cut than what's in the House bill". He cited the rollback of expansion has his reason not to support it.


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