But even if it does assuage their fears, the health bill will also have to win over conservatives-including a surprising new skeptic in Wisconsin's Sen.
What we know about the House-passed American Health Care Act is that it proposes to roll back Medicaid expansion and raise costs on those with pre-existing conditions, among other very significant changes.
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. So I've been encouraging leadership, the White House, anybody I can talk to for quite some time, let's not rush this process.
It also noted that there are factors affecting Medicaid spending over which states have little control over, such as growing numbers of baby boomers, and it specifically cited Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico as state that will see their bills for health care rise as those boomers age.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Senate Republicans who's been openly hesitant about the health care bill released this week by the Senate, told Face the Nation's John Dickerson this morning he was still undecided about whether he could support it. "You're going to have higher levels of sickness, higher costs to be absorbed, more disability and a higher mortality rate", Furrows said. On Friday, Heller also came out and said he will vote "no" on the bill as it now stands. And it was blasted by Democrats, who pointed to a Congressional Budget Office analysis that said the House bill would cause 24 million Americans to lose health insurance over 10 years, with the bulk of those in the first year.
Republicans have been on a multi-decade quest to fundamentally alter Medicaid, which provides health benefits for low-income Americans and those with disabilities.
Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, facing a competitive 2018 re-election battle, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia expressed concerns about the bill's cuts to Medicaid and drug addiction efforts. He says the bill offers too many tax credits that help poorer people to buy insurance.
The other four Senators said the bill doesn't do enough to repeal Obamacare and lower health care costs. Either they're Republicans who believe the Senate plan doesn't go far enough in eliminating every jot and tittle of the ACA, or they're Democrats and supporters of the ACA who don't want even one aspect of the previous plan changed unless it makes the plan more generous and more of a burden for the government. Famous last words, right? There's no need to get into the weeds here; suffice it to say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ideological soldiers intend to gift massive tax cuts to the affluent (who now finance Obamacare), and to pay for those tax cuts by deeply slashing Medicaid, the federal program that provides insurance to roughly 70 million Americans.
"We don't have much of a choice, too". Still President Trump says it's a work in progress. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.
Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a longtime GOP adviser, says the Republican approach is "180 degrees different in its economic and budgetary philosophy", from the course steered by Obama.
Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".