Charlie Dent 'concerned' by Senate health care bill


A number of other centrist senators-including Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito-have also voiced concerns about the Senate's cuts to Medicaid.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen.

The GOP-led Senate yesterday released a bill it hopes will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. "I will be voting no".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his health care bill to a mix of indecision and opposition.

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.

Sen. Rand Paul, one of the GOP holdouts on the Senate health care bill, said Sunday he would be willing to support a partial rollback of Obamacare, saying he might even vote for an 80 percent repeal.

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In an interview with Fox News Channel, Trump was asked about the four conservatives opposing the bill.

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 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.

An analysis of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office, highlighting its expected costs and effectiveness, is expected early next week.

"You have to protect Medicaid expansion states". Those additional funds would continue through 2020, then gradually fall and disappear entirely in 2024.