Sen. Ron Johnson opposes Senate Health Care bill

Published: Jun. 22, 2017 at 1:26 PM CDT
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is among four GOP Senators who say they will not vote for the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the bill drafted to revamp the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Sen. Johnson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released a joint statement:

“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”

Sen. Rand Paul went on to call the bill "Obamacare-Lite."

The 142-page draft released by the Senate Budget Committee cuts Medicaid and ends tax penalties for people who do not purchase insurance coverage.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the draft, saying it will stabilize markets "that are collapsing under Obamacare." He cited double-digit increases in premiums for next year.

Democrats immediately came out against the bill. If Democrats and the four Republicans vote "no" on the bill, it will not pass the Senate.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), released this statement:

“For Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead, this repeal plan has no heart and people are scared that it will make things worse. It will make families pay more for less care and increase the number of people who are uninsured. The guaranteed protections and care that you have today are weakened and now, politicians in Madison will decide whether you keep the care you have, or whether it is taken away."