Health insurers says Senate bill's Medicaid cuts to hurt states

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One of the most controversial aspects of the senate bill is its treatment of Medicaid.

Other Republicans appeared more willing to embrace it. Senator Bill Cassidy, who is still studying the proposal and has not yet decided how he will vote, said in several television interviews it was a good beginning.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said. Several other Republicans, including moderate Susan Collins of ME, are still undecided about the legislation.

"I have serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid", Senator Dean Heller, his party's most vulnerable incumbent in the 2018 elections, said of his constituents.

Lynch said the shift in Medicaid funding - from 50-50 state and federal funding to roughly 70 percent funded by states - will be particularly devastating to states that took advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in recent years, including MA, saying: "Medicaid expansion, that'll kill MA".

That could add Heller's name to Trump's call list.

Trump said that each of the lawmakers would have a chance to negotiate a better deal.

The state could opt to keep up the coverage, but Wolf administration officials have said the costs would be astronomical-likely more than $4 billion.

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Heller echoed his colleagues' sentiments on Friday.

The debate underscores the partisan divide in overhauling ObamaCare - former President Barack Obama's signature, 2010 health care law that extends health coverage to millions more Americans but has also struggled with rising premium costs and fewer premium options.

MARTIN: What parts and programs of the Affordable Care Act are most at stake with this new version of the Senate Republicans' bill?

Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it. I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to view the Senate bill.

For the House of Representatives' version of healthcare, Trump held regular meetings with representatives at the White House. He earlier called a House reform bill, which contained similar funding cuts, "mean". He indicated the Senate plan met that request.

Trump bemoaned the lack of help from Democrats on health care.

Republican leaders in the House faced the same challenges in March that their Senate counterparts are now confronting. That expansion program would begin being phased out in 2021, and fully repealed three years later.

The U.S. House of Representatives' approach led to the truly flawed American Health Care Act (AHCA) - legislation that would weaken benefits and cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

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