13 ways the Senate GOP health-care plan could impact MI

So far, five Republican senators have announced they can not support the health care bill as drafted: Dean Heller of Nevada, who says the measure cuts coverage too deeply, and four conservatives: Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Johnson, who say it does not do enough to lower health costs. But when and if they do convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and company to allow for real insurance plan competition, then there will be much less need for subsidies because cheaper insurance plans will be available to more people. Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and believes his majority party is "going to get there".

Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts.

Therefore this commonwealth is determined, as it doubts not its co-States are, to submit to undelegated, and consequently unlimited powers in no man, or body of men on earth: that in cases of an abuse of the delegated powers, the members of the general government, being chosen by the people, a change by the people would be the constitutional remedy; but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them. That will "likely [lead] to many more individuals [being] unable to afford health insurance or purchasing coverage with high deductibles and low coverage that in essence is the same as being without coverage".

But that plea fell on deaf ears as the Senate bill cuts deeper into Medicaid programs than the House measure. He says: "I would like to delay the thing".

Is the Senate version less "mean" than the House bill, to use President Trump's description of that earlier effort? The spotlight is even more focused on four conservative Republican senators who say that they can not vote for the bill as it stands now.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said in a statement the bill "decimates Medicaid, which provides health care for over 722,000 Pennsylvanians with a disability and 1.1 million children". "Stop this vicious attack on the most vulnerable people in our communities".

"I have very serious concerns about the bill", she said on ABC's "This Week" program. It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. Already, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is preparing to challenge him.

Four conservative senators expressed opposition but openness to talks: Sens.

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That's giving those four senators, namely Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson, a lot of leverage right now.

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday the Senate GOP bill falls short of what his state needs. The latest estimate of New Jerseyans who would lose their health insurance stands at 540,000.

"It was just released yesterday".

"What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks", Price told CNN's Dana Bash. Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

Nonetheless, allies say if anyone can get the job done, it's McConnell. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.

Schumer says Democrats have made clear they would be willing to work with Republicans to pass a Senate bill if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. Confounding his predictions, and on his watch, Congress let the Patriot Act expire two years ago -resulting in a temporary halt to some USA spying activities before a substitute bill could pass.

One of them - Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and MoveOn.org were planning weekend rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. GOP senators were largely in the dark until the legislation was unveiled Thursday and were still getting briefed, without seeing copies of the bill, when it was posted publicly online.

Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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