President Trump tweeted a video of his weekly address, which centered on healthcare legislation.
The number of Republicans opposing Mitch McConnell's Obamacare repeal bill continues to grow. The first-term senator seemed to leave the door open to compromise, saying, "In this form, I will simply not support it", but he went on to mount an extensive critique of the bill that made the possibility of successful compromise seem remote at best.
Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation.
- Gives each state a fixed amount of Medicaid funding, forcing states to make cuts when money runs out.
■ Both the House and Senate health bills would fundamentally change the way the federal government pays its share of Medicaid costs, setting a per-person limit on spending that would adjust annually for inflation.
Heller said he wants to protect Medicaid expansion states, which would be a "heavy lift" when it comes to states that chose to opt out.
Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer.
Behind the scenes, several members of Trump's team have been active in discussions with Senate leaders, including chief of staff Reince Priebus; legislative director Marc Short; domestic policy chief Andrew Bremberg, who's a former aide to McConnell; Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; and Seema Verma, who oversees Medicare and Medicaid. "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said.
Heller, among the relatively moderate Republicans from a state that expanded Medicaid, announced on Friday that he can't support the bill unveiled by Republican leadership a day before.
But Senate Republicans didn't include the surcharge in their legislation because the provision conflicts with the Senate's "Byrd Rule", a parliamentary rule that governs what can be included in a budget reconciliation bill. Sandoval is a very popular governor. Heller's seat is up for reelection next year, and a Democrat won Nevada's other Senate seat by a 2.4 percent margin in 2016. They also say the draft legislation does not do enough to lower health care premiums.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) said, "This current draft doesn't get the job done".
Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen.
"It would cut $7 billion from New York's healthcare system in the next four years", Schumer said. If the Republican proposal does not pass, what could and should be done to strengthen what's already there? "We at America First Policies will make certain that citizens know who stood in the way of repealing and replacing Obamacare, and we will ensure the people's voices are heard".
In one, she called on constituents to contact their senators to voice their concern about the bill. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Thirty-one states now offer Medicaid to this group.style="text-align: center;"