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Seth Meyers slams the Senate GOP’s ‘cruel’ healthcare bill

The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners.”This bill that’s now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer”, Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas. It is simply not the answer.”I can not support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans”, Heller said in a news conference held in his home state.”I expect there’s going to be a number of changes between now and the final vote”, said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming.If Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare after years of promising to do so, they face the wrath of conservative voters and outside groups.Hours after McConnell unveiled the bill Thursday, four other GOP senators said they also opposed the measure and several others expressed qualms about it.”The Senate proposal would likely trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions such as cancer, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support”.The measure represents the Senate GOP’s effort to achieve a top tier priority for President Donald Trump and virtually all Republican members of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hopes to push it through his chamber next week.This story will be updated. But if their overhaul leaves millions of Americans without coverage or raises costs, the backlash could be intense.Democrats formed a united front against the controversial measure that was drafted in secret, criticizing it as a “war on Medicaid”, the health care program for lower income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives in May.The group said in a statement Friday it’s encouraged that the Senate bill would take immediate action to stabilize shaky insurance markets by guaranteeing billions of dollars in subsidies under jeopardy due to a legal dispute and political maneuvering.The other sources of resistance for the AARP as it seeks to protect older Americans’ interests include the Senate’s plan to slow the expansion of Medicaid and changes in the finance structure of Medicare.Some moderates and conservatives in the GOP, such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, remain uncommitted to the new version of the bill.Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, approved of the Planned Parenthood language but added that “the reality is that necessary pro-life protections in this bill will be stripped by the Senate Parliamentarian, as we have now publicly heard from two Senators”. “That has caused a great deal of disruption in the health care system in Iowa, resulting in many people losing coverage, or not having access to coverage that they had before”. The Senate parliamentarian will make that decision.The Senate bill would make the payments through 2019, but then cut them off. “Senator Toomey just believes that massive tax cuts for his former Wall Street colleagues are more important than federal funding for health care for seniors and the disabled in Pennsylvania”.Realizing they’re outnumbered, Democrats and their liberal allies were planning events around the USA over the next few days aimed at building public opposition to the bill.AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.