WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen.
McConnell has acknowledged that he's willing to change the measure before it's voted on. Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to say he would not support the measure in its current form. And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a awful thing.
Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. He supports the expansion of health savings accounts and giving Americans more freedom in choosing plans that are right for them. "We should not be voting on this next week", he said on NBC's "Meet the Press". It would base tax credits to help people buy private insurance on income, as the Affordable Care Act does, rather than age, as the House bill does.More news: Outstanding Leaders in today's market: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)
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The bill also would reduce or eliminate subsidies for millions of Americans on the exchange, subsidies that allow them to have insurance, stay healthy and keep working. "We'll have to see".
"Any federal legislator who votes for this bill and says, oh I didn't cut Medicaid, I just sent it back to the states-that whole argument.is deliberately misleading", he added.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins and some others are anxious about the bill rolling back Obamacare's expansion of Medicare and putting limits on federal funding of the program.
The Senate bill would make the payments through 2019, but then cut them off. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.
"You have to protect Medicaid expansion states". Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.