Last week Republicans in the Senate proposed their own version of a healthcare bill that would dismantle Obamacare and replace it with a new healthcare plan that would repeal Obamacare taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans that help to pay for insurance subsidies while cutting federal funding for Medicaid by $834 billion from 2017-2026.
Individual and employer mandates to purchase healthcare would be eliminated under the Senate healthcare plan, known as Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
Many provisions of Obamacare would also be eliminated while incentives to buy a healthcare policy would come through a passage of tax credits based on age and income.
Since no Democrats in the Senate have expressed any willingness to support the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 thus far and Republicans in the Senate have a thin majority to pass legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t lose more than 2 Republican votes.
However, there are already 5 Republicans in the Senate opposing the new healthcare legislation.
One of the Republican opponents of the new Senate healthcare proposals is Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who calls for a greater repeal of Obama than what is currently offered under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
“I’m not voting for something that looks just like Obamacare and still doesn’t fix the fundamental flaw of Obamacare” Senator Paul said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Another Republican opponent of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) who said on ABC’s This Week that she disagrees with Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s characterization that over $800 billion in federal funding won’t be cut from the new Senate healthcare proposal.
Sen. Collins said that she has concerns about making cuts with state governments and the impact on older people with chronic illnesses.
“For my part, I’m very concerned about the cost of insurance for older people with serious chronic illnesses, and the impact of the Medicaid cuts on our state governments, the most vulnerable people in our society, and health care providers such as our rural hospitals and nursing home, most of whom are very dependent on the Medicaid program” Sen. Collins said.
Senator Collins explained that it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood when there are already longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.
“So that’s not what this debate is about. And Planned Parenthood is an important provider of health care services, including family planning and cancer screenings for millions of Americans, particularly women” Sen. Collins said.
Sen. Collins admitted that she is waiting for a new score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to come out tomorrow before she agrees to vote against the new Senate healthcare proposal.
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