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SD senator careful to commit early support to GOP health care overhaul

15 Juillet 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must navigate through all this to pass a health care bill and make good on the seven-year mission of the Republicans' seven-year mission to rip out the Affordable Care Act. "That's why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill's impact on Arizona's Medicaid system".

In an effort to placate conservative Republicans who believe the earlier version fell short of their long-promised, ideologically pure Obamacare repeal, the new bill would authorize low-priced plans offering minimal coverage.

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The Senate GOP may not really want to immunize their own member and staff health plans from their health care policy changes, but because they are seeking to bring their bill to the floor under the expedited budget reconciliation process, they have little choice.

While these senators have spoken out against aspects of the bill, like Medicaid cuts, in theory, none of them has said whether they'll be the third senator to vote "no", keeping the legislation from passing.

The new Senate bill is meant to woo lawmakers from rival conservative and moderate Republican factions, and reassure those who fear that repealing Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act-a longstanding goal for the party-could adversely impact millions of Americans. Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing a hard re-election battle next year, has taken the same stance, and Republicans believe one pathway to Heller's vote is through the popular governor. "Still deep cuts to Medicaid", Collins tweeted. In fact, in this month's poll more Republicans said health care is headed in the right direction than believed that in April, before the House passed its version of the health care replacement bill.

In the most contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency in May, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. He said he'd already heard from both men. That's a concern also voiced by another Senate holdout, Ohio Republican Rob Portman.

He said the GOP senators are right to be cautious, especially given reports from federal experts that millions of people would lose their health care coverage and others may end up paying higher costs.

An analysis of the plan by the Sycamore Institute said the Senate bill's approach "would likely result in lower premium options in the individual market [in Tennessee], creating more opportunities for healthier individuals to purchase plans that better meet their needs". It also adds billions of dollars for states to combat the opioid overdose epidemic, a priority for governors.

McConnell has several factors working for him. "Repealing Obamcare would not change the underlying Medicaid program", she said.

SD senator careful to commit early support to GOP health care overhaul