Collins: 'Very difficult' to imagine backing GOP health care bill


Collins: 'Very difficult' to imagine backing GOP health care bill

Among states expected to lose are Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, and OH, where cuts could swell the number of uninsured people.

Republicans on Capitol Hill are bracing for a big week for their legislative efforts.

GOP senators' opposition to their party's drive to scrap president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act swelled to lethal numbers Sunday.

The GOP's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have undergone a process of devolution, with each new bill worse than the last. That includes IN and Arkansas, as well as swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and OH, which proved critical to Trump's victory. Republicans have sought to repeal the ACA - so far, unsuccessfully - with no Democratic support.

Republicans have 52 senators.

Eyes are also on Alaska Sen. Moderate Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the teetering bill and conservative Sen. One more Republican "no" vote and the legislation's future is all but over in the Senate, where Republicans only have until September 30 to overhaul the law with 51 votes, according to the Senate's parliamentarian.

The Congressional Budget Office was expected to release its analysis of the legislation early this week.

Without Apple Health, a procedure Kyra had over the summer would have cost twice what Williams makes a year working in patient services at Seattle Reproductive Medicine, she said. John McCain in his 2008 presidential campaign. "So I don't think it's the answer".

And Trump made his position on Republican defectors clear on Friday, writing on Twitter that those who vote against Graham-Cassidy "will forever... be known as 'the Republican who saved Obamacare'".

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union". Why would Graham-Cassidy harm kids? It also preserves guaranteed issue and guaranteed renewability and allows young adults to stay on their parents' plan until age 26, as well as preserving coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The money would be redistributed to states, which could spend it to design their own insurance programs for low-income people.

The second part, seen as more far-reaching, would cap overall federal spending on the Medicaid program for low-income people, which now covers more than 70 million Americans, including many newborns, adults in low-wage jobs, disabled people, and many elderly nursing home residents.

MA could lose billions of dollars under the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which specifically singles out blue states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under the federal law. It could force members to go on the record on a bill that many are still learning about. Additional tweaks are possible as the White House and Senate leaders try to corral votes. Ted Cruz said Sunday he was against it. Maine Republican Sen. Officials say studies like Kaiser's don't fully account for the bill's market stabilization features.

An increase in uninsured rates isn't the only easily foreseeable problem with this proposal.

As of Friday, the new bill didn't have the public support of 50 senators necessary to advance but Trump told reporters he is growing more confident that it will pass.

It would eliminate Obama's expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies the law provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs, substituting block grants to states. The direct result would be a drop in overall funding by $107.0 billion on average across the country between now and 2020-2026.