Angus King of ME, are expected to oppose the proposed health care bill, and are attempting to convince just three of the 52 Republican senators to join them in their opposition to the bill, which needs just a simple majority to pass. An estimated 23 million people could lose their healthcare under a similar plan narrowly passed last month by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, according to the CBO.
The effort that the Republican U.S. Senate leadership is making to hide the health care bill they will soon bring to a vote tells us just how bad that bill is likely to be.
"Legislation is too often shoved through Congress without proper hearings, amendments, or debate, as the secrecy surrounding the Senate's health care bill and the pressure to vote for it with little time to fully evaluate the proposal once again remind us", Paul said in a statement.
He added, "I believe Democrats should do everything they can to oppose that legislation in any way that we can".
While a draft of the bill is expected to be released Thursday, Senate Republicans have yet to disclose concrete details about the bill's exact terms, including whether funding will be awarded to Planned Parenthood, a women's health organization that, in addition to other programs, provides abortion services.
"I'm still hoping we reach impasse and we go back to the idea we started with, which is repeal Obamacare", he said. But he promised voters he would seek full repeal of Obamacare, and "everything I hear (about the Senate draft) sounds like Obamacare light". Rand Paul, R-Ky., told reporters in regards to the tax credits in the GOP plan.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is warning that he will vote against the GOP health care plan if there is not sufficient time to review it publicly and allow his constituents to give feedback.
"I'll let Sen. McConnell determine the Senate schedule and run the Senate that he sees fit", Spicer said.
It will institute a federal spending cap on Medicaid, limiting funding for the entitlement program for the first time. However since Medicaid has a high churn rate, most would fall off the rolls within a few years.
But if the Senate passes it, the House and Senate have to reconcile the differences in their bills.
The Senate proposal would also impose annual limits on the federal Medicaid funds that would go to each state, which would tighten even further by the mid-2020s.
"If our bill comes in with greater subsidies than Obamacare, it makes it hard for conservatives to support a bill that actually has greater subsidies than Obamacare", Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), risks alienating moderates, including Capito and Sen.
In the Senate, moderates including Senator Shelley Moore Capito have argued for a long, seven-year phase-out to the Medicaid expansion that happened under Obamacare. Senators from states who expanded Medicaid under Obamacare have come to like the expansion and don't want to kick people off the program for low-income and disabled Americans. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins (R-ME), while not alienating conservatives such as Sens.
"It's apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership", said Lee of the bill, using a Facebook video for an unusually public swipe at GOP leaders.
"I don't think there is right now", Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said when asked whether the legislation includes a distinct opioid fund.