Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it. But not all Republicans fully support this legislation.
The Republican senator told reporters Friday, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".
"For years, Republicans railed against the Affordable Care Act and claimed that they would repeal and replace it with something better", Menendez said on Friday.
But tweaks to appease the four conservatives could alienate Heller and other moderates, or vice versa.
Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with.
House Republicans barely managed to muster enough votes with a series of last-minute amendments before the chamber passed a highly criticized Obamacare replacement plan last month. Yet it still would force those states, including Nevada to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage. "That's what I want, make sure that we're taken care of here in the state of Nevada", said Sen. He developed life-threatening blood clots and faced large medical bills, but was able to gain coverage due to the Medicaid expansion. The legislation also would let people contribute more to certain tax-advantaged accounts. "That means the money available under this bill, for Medicaid in the out years, beyond 10 years, is even leaner, is even less, is even a deeper cut than what's in the House bill". It would cut billions in Medicaid spending and give wealthy Americans billions in tax cuts.
"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans", Heller said.
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Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts.
"When President Trump called the House health care bill mean, I couldn't agree more", Cantwell said. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands. Sandoval is a very popular governor.
Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Ernst declined to comment on any other provisions during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, saying, "We have 142 pages to go through". Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.
The addition of the six-month waiting period to Senate's Better Care Act, however, could make it more hard for Republicans in the chamber to pass the measure with the budget reconciliation process. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates. On Thursday they released this statement: "Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor".
In one instance, Sen.