"In this form, I will not support it", Heller said at a news conference with Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. "But the bill in front of us today I don't think makes those fixes", Heller said. Other Senate "moderates" seem to be angling for a slower phase-out of the expansion and a slightly more liberal cap.
"Any federal legislator who votes for this bill and says, oh I didn't cut Medicaid, I just sent it back to the states-that whole argument.is deliberately misleading", he added. It contains some key differences from the version the House passed last month.
Mr McConnell said a fresh CBO score was expected next week, and there will be "robust debate" on the floor.
A number of Republicans such as Susan Collins and ME said it was "too soon" to judge the bill until they had had a chance to read it.
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"That could cause states to shrink eligibility, to cut people who really need health care from the program", said Collins.
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States could not get exemptions to Obama's prohibition against charging higher premiums for some people with pre-existing medical conditions, but the subsidies would be lower, making coverage less affordable, Pearson said.
Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it. More hard-line members of the party, including Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, have said the legislation doesn't go far enough in its sweeping cuts to Medicaid, insurance subsidies, and taxes on the rich.
Another example: The Senate bill appears to be kinder than the House bill to millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, who can not be denied coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The end to funding for Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and a move to cap how much the federal government spends on the state-federal health program for the poor could harm state budgets and program beneficiaries, according to America's Health Insurance Plans.
Menendez gave his remarks at the Newark Community Health Center, a federally-funded health clinic where over 60 percent of patients rely on Medicaid to fund treatment.
Previous scores of the House version have predicted $119 billion in cost savings compared to Obamacare, but also 23 million fewer people with coverage in the next decade.
As it stands, the BCRA rolls back the Medicaid expansion and includes deep cuts to the rest of the program, which could be a deal-breaker for those lawmakers.
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