Reaction split on Senate health care bill

By Jerry Hume, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:51 AM EDT

The revised health care bill to replace Obamacare is out and with it, plenty of reaction from lawmakers.

Unsurprisingly, opinions are split on the Senate’s newest version, largely along party lines.

"This new GOP healthcare bill is just as bad. If approved, this bill will hurt a lot of Floridians and for that reason alone I will oppose it," Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) tweeted.

However, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), felt differently.

"Some good news for Florida in new Senate Health Care Bill, reallocation of funds leads to big increase in (Disproportionate Share Hospital) money for states like Florida," tweeted Rubio. "However, still need changes to Medicaid per person money. Not fair to punish states that held line on cost by locking them in on lower rate."

The Senate's revised health care bill gives insurers the right to offer less expensive, bare bones policies.

Other changes include more money for opioid treatment and funding to help states lower premiums for high-cost enrollees.

The new bill holds on to a pair of Obamacare’s taxes towards the wealthy. However, it maintains earlier GOP proposed cuts to Medicaid that could leave 15 million fewer people from having coverage by 2026.

"As before, it aims to stabilize and reform the collapsing insurance markets that have left too many with no options and it aims to make insurance more affordable,” said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell needs 50 votes for the bill to pass and he can only afford to have two GOP senators defect.

President Donald Trump has pressured lawmakers to approve the bill.

If the Senate passes the bill, it will go back to the U.S. House, where Speaker Paul Ryan has promised to get the bill across the finish line.