More Republicans in Congress are pushing back against the party’s new health care legislation, including a Senate panel that could vote on it before the end of the week.
The GOP health care plan, which the House passed on Tuesday, would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and block funding for Planned Parenthood, a key partner in Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs.
It would also roll back protections for older Americans and expand Medicaid coverage for those with preexisting conditions.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, will not pass the Senate, and the Republican-led Senate is expected to move to kill the legislation next week.
Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have all been pressuring Senate Democrats to support the bill.
The new bill would allow insurers to offer policies across state lines, a move that could potentially give insurers more flexibility to offer insurance plans across state borders.
The House GOP plan would also allow insurance companies to offer plans across the country, a change that would allow the insurers to charge sick people more, potentially driving up premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
« The GOP’s proposed bill would roll back the Medicaid expansion, which has been an important driver of our nation’s health insurance coverage levels, » Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., chairman of the House GOP’s budget subcommittee, said in a statement.
« The GOP bill would also dramatically increase the cost of coverage for Americans with pre, moderate, and high health care costs. »
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told CNN that the GOP bill « sucks » and « would leave Americans without insurance. »
Murray said it would be a « disaster » for people and would have a « huge impact » on the poor and middle class.
« I think it would drive premiums higher for people in middle-income households, which are already at risk of higher premiums, » Murray said.
Murray has previously voiced concern about the GOP plan and has called it a « death panel. »
The Senate health care proposal has been largely opposed by the GOP.
Democrats have also criticized it.
On Wednesday, Sens.
Patty Gillibrand, D/N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D.W.
Va., both Democrats, introduced an amendment to the Senate’s bill that would block a Medicaid expansion.
The Senate’s plan would extend federal funding for the program through 2019.
Democrats in the Senate have also been pushing to block Medicaid expansion funding.
On Tuesday, the House Republican leadership had been working on a compromise to end the GOP health bill.
But a senior House GOP aide told The Hill that the proposal has « taken a back seat to the health care conference committee. »
That means that, barring a major deal with Senate Democrats, the bill would die at the Senate.
Republicans had previously pushed for a vote on the House-passed Senate bill on Wednesday, but the Senate has yet to vote on its own version of the legislation.