The Senate’s Republican Women Could Make or Break the GOP Health Bill

Some proponents of the bill, such as the Commonwealth Foundation in Harrisburg, admit the AHCA is not flawless, but “a step in the right direction”, according to policy analyst Nathan Benefield.Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus who helped negotiate the House version of the bill, said Friday that the Senate version of the bill “does not have enough conservative support” to pass in the House, according to CNN.Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.The Senate’s 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led by McConnell, aims to deliver on a central Trump campaign promise to undo former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to 20 million Americans since it was passed in 2010.Five Republican senators have announced they will not support the bill, which is created to repeal and replace Obamacare, in its current form. He said any repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act would have “insurance for everybody”, telling the Washington Post, “there was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it”.Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired on Friday morning, called the group of conservative lawmakers “four very good people”. “The bill that’s before the Senate doesn’t meet that test”.McConnell (R-Ky.) can not pass the bill if he loses more than two Republican votes.Heller, a Republican who is up for re-election in 2018, is the Democrats’ top target in the upcoming cycle. “It does the most damage through a radical restricting of Medicaid. that will cause families to lose care”, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat representing the Tampa area, said during a Thursday telephone press conference. What we do know is that, in Louisiana, the bill would kill the expansion of Medicaid that has brought health care to more than 425,000 residents-with 51,000 of those people living right here in New Orleans.”It is going to make insurance more expensive”. Consequently, the three female Senators who have expressed reservations about policies included in the bill – West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito, Maine’s Susan Collins, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski – could make or break the plan. The bill would also bar using tax credits to buy coverage that includes abortions. It is, to borrow President Trump’s behind the scenes assessment of the House’s bill, mean. The budget office has said it will release that assessment early next week. That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. It also could allow states to apply for waivers to remove the requirement that health plans cover some essential health benefits, like mental health and addiction services.