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Sen. Heitkamp: Senate GOP Health Bill Worse Than House Version

(CNBC/"Squawk Box")

By    |   Monday, 26 Jun 2017 10:54 AM

The healthcare bill released by Senate Republicans is worse than the House version, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Monday.

The North Dakota Democrat said told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that "one of the great challenges you have is that it's not just Obamacare that is being amended. Medicaid as we know it will change. It will go to a per cap system, and that has created an incredible insecurity."

Heitkamp stressed "this isn't Obamacare reform, this is entitlement reform," and noted there is not even a committee hearing where one can clarify the details of the plan.

She also said that nothing in the bill adds up.

"You have to look at it from a mile high and they're trying to tell you we're going to keep coverage the same, no one's going to get hurt, and we're going to take billions of dollars out of healthcare," predicting that "once it's parsed and people have a chance to look at it, it is only going to get more difficult."

Heitkamp also dismissed claims that Republicans tried to work together with Democrats, stressing that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "has not reached out and [the GOP] wanted to do this alone."

She said the issue of healthcare is way too important and should not have been handled this way.

Republican leaders last week released their healthcare bill, which proposes phasing out Medicaid's expansion program and capping its spending, repealing Obamacare taxes and reworking subsidies to insurance customers, CNBC reported.

At least five Republican senators have said they oppose the bill. With all Democrats planning to vote against it, the GOP can only lose two Republican votes and still pass the legislation.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which is expected to release their score on the Senate Republican bill soon, said that under the House GOP plan, some 23 million less Americans would have insurance over a decade than under Obamacare.

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