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".
Nevada Senator Dean Heller announced he will not vote for the American Health Care Act as it is now written, making him the fifth GOP senator to say they won't vote for the bill since it was released Thursday morning.
"Every indication suggests that the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans yesterday will be even more devastating to New Jersey than the mean-spirited unpopular bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year".
Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey (R) and Bob Casey (D) will help determine the draft bill's fate in the GOP-ruled Senate. "They have lots of work to do". Time is of the essence!
"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.
"They can still make sure that if you're pregnant, you're not going to get the kind of maternity benefits that you might need".
Democrats said the GOP measure would take coverage away from people and raise their out-of-pocket costs, all in the name of paring taxes on the wealthy.
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Rick Nolan, D-Minn., said Democrats are not as good on delivering a winning message to voters as they should be. The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.
"It should scare every American that the Senate plans to vote on this bill without understanding the true ramifications".
The list of senators who could find themselves aligned with Heller if the bill goes much further in Paul's direction is just as long as the list of conservatives the Kentucky senator is leading.
Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued. "The bill that's before the Senate doesn't meet that test".
The bill proposes phasing out Medicaid's expansion program and capping Medicaid spending, repealing Obamacare taxes and restructuring subsidies to insurance customers. He questioned the way that the Affordable Care Act dealt with pre-existing condition, but said the Senate bill did not do any better.
After Spicer spoke, Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican opponent on Friday, saying he would not support the bill in its current form. "After the 2020 drawback of Medicaid expansion, what this bill does in the out years, is it establishes a Medicare reimbursement rate for the states that's pegged to inflation". It would be politically hard for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. He predicted that his call for a preservation of Medicaid expansion would lose the support of the more conservative senators from non-expansion states in the GOP Senate conference.
Protests broke out across the country after a draft of the bill was released on Thursday.
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