Senator Dean Heller of Nevada became the fifth Senate Republican to announce that he will oppose the Senate Health Care Bill.
“This bill that’s currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer. It’s simply not the answer,” said Heller, according to NBC News.
Heller, the most vulnerable Senate Republican in the 2018 midterm election went on to say that he wanted to ensure “the rug is not pulled out from under Nevada or the more than 200,000 Nevadans who received insurance for the first time under Medicaid expansion.”
According to USA TODAY, the current proposal would set a limit on how much the government gives to the federal Medicaid program overall. The bill will also end the ACA’s Medicaid expansion by bringing down the increased federal funding that incorporates the new enrollees over three years, from 2021 to 2024.
Heller’s announcement makes him the fifth senator to oppose the draft bill. On June 22, four conservative lawmakers — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, , Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee said in the NBS report that they aren’t ready to support the bill because it preserves many of Obamacare’s regulations but they are open to negotiations.
Heller’s announcement was rebuked from America First Policies, a group run by some of Trump’s campaign advisers, said that it was planning to launch an advertising blitz against Heller for opposition.
Heller said, “Both Republicans and Democrats can agree the [Affordable Care Act] does need some fixes.” Also, that he wouldn’t support rolling back Medicaid unless payment rates for a state like Nevada are upgraded.
Source links : NBC News, USA Today, Politico