"There were some solid updates made, and we'll see more changes if it gets to the floor", a Senate GOP aide told The Post, "but I still think getting it all the way through.is a fool's errand at this point".
The Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare was never about expanding access to health insurance.
"If we can't find compromise within our own party, then voters are going to make us accountable". Conservative Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and moderate Sen.
The bad news is that, for reluctant Republicans, many of their concerns about the bill's impact on low-income Americans have not been addressed by revised versions of the legislation.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, said Republicans in Congress want to "kill health care" by phasing out the federal subsidy used to expand Medicaid and by ending protections for pre-existing conditions. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who opposed cutting Planned Parenthood funding.
The fact that Republicans in Congress have so far twice tried to exempt themselves from Obamacare repeal is proof they are not working in good faith.
A revised draft of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) was released Thursday, and new spending and coverage estimates from the Congressional Budget Office are expected to be released Monday.
Several Republicans have said they remain undecided.
"A lot of conservatives, Heritage Action included, desperately wanted to hold the line to make sure the Medicaid portion wasn't watered down in the Senate", said Dan Holler, vice president of Heritage Action for America, a conservative advocacy group. Insurers have warned that if this passes, healthy people will buy cheap plans that cover nothing, and any plan with full coverage will go up by tens of thousands of dollars as only sick people sign up.
The latest Senate bill provides $45 billion to fight the opioid epidemic that has swept the nation, after some senators - especially those whose states have been hardest hit by the crisis - expressed a need for more federal attention to the matter.
$70 billion to states to help stabilize the cost of health care and implement new reforms, bringing the total in this fund to $182. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky are definite "no" votes on the revised GOP bill, but several other Republicans are undecided. Heather Carter, a Republican from Cave Creek, said cutting Medicaid threatens 400,000 people who have gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion and also the state's health care system as a whole. He said it puts more emphasis on state control and flexibility to design health care programs. South Dakota Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds could take this victory back home as a victory.