WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the Senate is supporting the House bill to unravel the health care law, arguing that it can’t be repaired and must be scrapped and replaced.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday on the Senate floor that the legislation is backed by the one person who can sign it into law – President Donald Trump.
The bill would limit future federal funding for Medicaid, which covers low-income people, about 1 in 5 Americans. And it would loosen rules that former President Barack Obama’s law imposed for health plans directly purchased by individuals, while also scaling back insurance subsidies.
House panels plan to move ahead on the legislation on Wednesday.
One Republican senator is already rallying opposition to the House GOP’s new plan to replace President Barack Obama’s health law.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky calls the plan “Obamacare Lite.”
Paul writes in an e-mail to supporters, “I’m afraid too many of my colleagues, especially in the House leadership, appear to be leaning toward an ‘Obamacare Lite’ approach. I won’t stand for it. And neither should you.”
Paul asks supporters to click on a link to his political action committee, Randpac, where they can sign a petition calling for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
Oh, and the site also has a link for supporters to donate to the PAC.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Speaker Paul Ryan that lawmakers “must not be asked to vote” on new GOP health care legislation without details on cost and how many people would be covered.
In a letter to Ryan Tuesday, Pelosi says that “the American people and members have the right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in committee or by the full House.”
Two committees plan to start voting on House Republicans’ new bill on Wednesday. But thus far there is not an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of how much the bill will cost and how many people will have health coverage. Fewer people are expected to be covered under the House GOP bill compared to the Affordable Care Act.