On Monday, after the release of a Congressional Budget Office analysis that the bill will leave 22 million more people uninsured over a decade, Collins announced she would oppose an important procedural vote on the legislation this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing for a vote on the Affordable Care Act replacement bill this week.
The White House said the CBO originally projected that 24 million people would be in Obamacare’s exchanges by 2016 – when the number turned out to be just 11 million.
The White House said the choice for the Senate is between failing Obamacare and a better Republican system.
Senate Republicans, many of whom are still undecided on whether to vote for the bill later this week, struggled to defend the legislation to mobs of reporters who flocked to them for initial reactions.
“I won’t vote to proceed to it unless the bill changes”, Paul told reporters.
Trump and Republicans in Congress made repealing and replacing Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation, a central campaign promise.
That sort of gambit would rely on the rest of the GOP conference swallowing provisions they don’t like, but it’s not impossible to envision Republicans going along with a bill that does things they disagree with.
Republicans can’t afford more than two defections.
Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it “is not anywhere close to repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.
That’s only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May.
The Republican Party is well short of the votes needed to bring its bill to the floor, and party leaders and President Donald Trump are kicking into overdrive to save their imperiled health care overhaul.
Mr. Trump personally appealed to fence-sitting Republicans, and the White House criticized the CBO report, saying the scorekeeper “has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how health care legislation will impact insurance coverage”.
It’s not yet clear whether Republicans in the Senate will embrace the legislation as eagerly as their counterparts in the Assembly.
Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Dean Heller of Nevada are also opposed to the motion to proceed.
For some reason, the White House didn’t mention these winners in its response to the report.
Now the stakes are even higher for the Colorado Republican, who has not said whether he would back a GOP health care proposal he helped shape – though Gardner spoke more positively than not about the measure in a brief interview Monday on Capitol Hill. The Senate bill also assumes that after 2025, Medicaid bills will grow more slowly than they have historically. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it.
Lee has been invited to have dinner with Pence on Tuesday evening, Lee’s spokesperson said. “It concluded that premiums would rise 30% in the first two years”, Cruz said.
A subsequent decline in premiums “doesn’t help the people whose premiums skyrocket next year”, he said.
Criticism toward the U.S. Senate’s healthcare overhaul bill is coming from the governor of MI as well.
He announced changes that would replace Obamacare’s individual mandate to hold coverage with a provision created to prevent Americans from dropping coverage and then signing up again once they need medical care.
Another change the bill makes is to extend the premium assistance to people who make less than the federal poverty level, while effectively phasing out the Medicaid expansion that allowed adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to be eligible.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is to release its assessment of the bill’s cost and impact on future budget deficits later on Monday.
Though the CBO does not explain this at length, it does suggest that the BCRA will likely halt – though not necessarily reverse – the impending death spiral in which young, healthy people are leaving the insurance market (a situation that, if permitted to continue, would result in an extremely expensive risk pool).
Our own Sen. Orrin Hatch is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over this and all health care bills.
The 15 million people the CBO estimates would be uninsured by 2018 is largely due to the repeal of the penalty associated with being uninsured. But the report digs deeper into the kind of insurance that people, especially poor people, would be able to access – and finds that it would be so financially burdensome with high deductibles that many people would choose not to sign up.