Nevada's Heller opposes GOP health bill

As Republicans scrambled Sunday to wrangle enough votes to pass health care reform legislation, U.S. president Donald Trump - in an unusual bid to reach out to his political opponents - urged Democrats to support bill.

President Trump has urged lawmakers to pass the overhaul, which features billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, disabled and nursing home residents, and dramatic tax cuts for wealthy Americans.

If three Republican Senators vote no on the Senate legislation, the measure will fail. We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare.I don't think they're that far off. Ted Cruz (Texas), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Mike Lee (Utah).

After hospital, doctors and advocacy groups lambasted the proposal released Thursday, the health insurance industry's main Washington lobby said it's concerned about its impact on states' finances and low-income Americans.

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.

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"It doesn't protect Nevadans on Medicaid and the most vulnerable Nevadans", Heller said at a news conference Friday in Las Vegas, but he did not rule out supporting a reworked version.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill's chances of passing are 50-50, insisting that Democrats would do "everything we can to fight this bill, because it's so devastating for the middle class".

"As we did with all 435 Members of the House of Representatives, AARP will also hold all 100 Senators accountable for their votes on this harmful health care bill", LeaMond said.

Paul said he could get to a yes, if the bill went farther to repeal ObamaCare rules that drive up premiums. None of the Senate's 48 Democrats are expected to support the package, meaning the legislation survives only if no more than two Republicans vote no. It is, to borrow President Trump's behind the scenes assessment of the House's bill, mean. Republicans argue that the bill rolls back penalties for Americans that choose not to purchase a health insurance plan.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that under the House bill, 23 million fewer people would have coverage by 2026.

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