Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Wednesday that she will not support the next version of the American Health Care Act.
That will be the first time in 20 years that Republicans will attempt to repeal the ACA, a Republican-led measure that provides subsidies for health insurance and subsidies to buy private insurance.
McCaskills amendment was introduced in July and died in the Senate.
“I have decided to support the American health care bill.
It is the only bill that can keep Americans healthy and make sure that the ACA remains in place.
I’m confident it will provide much-needed relief for the American people and the American economy,” McCaskis statement said.
McCaskill, who has been a strong supporter of the ACA and was one of the few Republicans to vote against it, is among those who are pushing to have the Senate take up the bill this week.
Republicans have yet to decide on a replacement bill.
“We are not there yet.
I would say we’re not there as well as we need to be,” McCassell said on CNN Wednesday morning.
McCaskills bill is more expensive than previous versions.
It would have required everyone in the individual market to have insurance or pay a penalty.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the cost of the bill would be $1.8 trillion over 10 years.
The CBO estimates that premiums would rise by as much as 15 percent for many of the poor, the elderly, and people with pre-existing conditions.
“I think we should take this moment to put a plan together that has a lot of common ground with other people’s proposals and also a lot that we can work with the Democrats on,” McCasking said.
Manchin, meanwhile, said he believes the bill will “work better than the current one.”
He called the GOP bill “far better” than the previous version, which would have repealed the ACA without the ability to use the tax credits.
Democrats have pushed for changes to the bill, which was introduced by Sens.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R, La.).
Cassidy’s bill is far more generous to the poor and elderly.
The bill would have made it easier for the government to subsidize health insurance for children.
It also would have provided financial help for people with preexisting conditions.
Cassidy said the Senate should have more input on the bill than it currently does.
The Senate has also considered Cassidy’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, which is also more generous.
Republicans have said that Cassidy’s plan would lower premiums by as many as 10 percent for people making $75,000 to $200,000.
But it would also increase deductibles and premiums by $2,000 for most people.
More: More than three-quarters of Americans in the Congressional Budget office estimated that the Senate health care plan would add $8.6 trillion to the debt over 10 year, according to a recent report.
A report by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that premiums could increase by as high as $15,000 under Cassidy’s bill.
In addition, the CBO estimates the bill could increase the number of people who would be uninsured by 40 million over a decade.