According to the experts, it wouldn't be surprising if the bill were to fail. Of course, they were there because insurance works by lots of healthy people paying in, and only a a few sick people needing a payout.
"We have to send the message to our elected officials and we depend on our elected officials to champion our cause in Washington", said Pamela Clarke, the health center's CEO. Under the Senate GOP plan, all this coverage is at risk.
He said that if Republicans come up with a plan that is "demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it". Sandoval also asked if it's "really realistic" for people earning $16,000 per year to buy insurance on the exchange if they lose Medicaid eligibility. "That's the broad outline of this plan".
McConnell wants to push the package through the Senate next week, and will succeed if he can limit defections to two of the chamber's 52 Republicans.
AHIP isn't taking a formal position on the bill, and the group said measures to shore up the individual health insurance market are largely positive.
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Now, Republican lawmakers are trying to shift the language around these cuts. In fact, the cuts to Medicaid are even worse than in the AHCA.
Both Paul and Cruz told reporters Thursday that they felt they could get to "yes" votes with tweaks to the proposal.
"Medicaid is being cut - Sen".
Mr McConnell said Democrats chose not to help frame the bill. "The guaranteed protections and care that you have today are weakened and now, politicians in Madison will decide whether you keep the care you have, or whether it is taken away".
The measure calls for reducing money for Medicaid.
Heller expressed particular concerns about the bill's impact on Medicaid, and especially on states, such as Nevada, that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
"I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said.