At least 12 GOP senators now say they oppose the healthcare bill
Jun 28 2017 by Lorena Waters
After the announcement Tuesday that Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, said he remains confident that the Senate will produce a strong bill.
Lee is one of at least five GOP senators who meant to vote against allowing the Senate's version of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act to even be considered. Heading into McConnell's office, she said the bill's tax credit scheme, which is particularly burdensome on older consumers, would be an area of discussion.
The bill drew criticism from Republican moderates anxious about millions of people losing their medical insurance and sharp cuts to the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor, and from conservatives unhappy it did not do enough to erase the 2010 Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.
In the most contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency last month, lawmakers voted 217 to 213 to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill.
Trump, who met with Republican senators on Tuesday, told reporters Wednesday that getting approval of a bill will be "very tough".
With the Democrats totally against any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act that has helped cover millions of uninsured Americans, the Trump's party could only afford to lose two votes among Republicans.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told reporters, "The hope is that we can at least have an agreement on what we can get enough votes on this week and turn to it as soon as we come back" from July 4 recess.
It also highlights the deep ideological divides within the party over how to improve the health care system while not cutting millions of Americans out of insurance coverage.
In a recent Deseret News op-ed, Hatch said the Senate bill makes a "powerful statement" and "assures that Utahns get a fair shake", and he noted that "significant legislation requires compromise". Heller himself raised the issue in the Tuesday White House meeting, Sen.
"Republicans ran for office in four elections saying Obamacare should be repealed", American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp stated on CNN's New Day this morning.
He said all Democrats hate the bill and are joined by about half of Republicans, making the bill deeply unpopular.
Several Republican senators, including Sen.
Despite the opposition to the bill, only 17 percent of people said they want Obamacare to stay and remain unchanged. These are states that have a lot of poor, rural voters that expanded Medicaid.
Those who would benefit most are wealthy Americans who would enjoy about $563 billion in tax cuts over 10 years. Remember how Obamacare set up health care exchanges in some states, including CT to help people get insurance.