Moderate Republicans push back against healthcare bill

The newly unveiled GOP healthcare bill was crafted by party leadership as a way to hopefully appease both conservative and moderate Republicans, yet many moderates have come out against the bill, according to The Hill.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Sen. Linda Murkowski, R-Alaska; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va.; and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D, all met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after the bill's announcement to voice their displeasure.

These senators all represent states that benefited from Medicaid expansion under the ACA, and reportedly petitioned Mr. McConnell to change a formula in the bill that calculates Medicaid inflation to make it more generous.

Mr. McConnell hopes to hold a procedural vote next week that would begin debate on the bill, but the moderate senators have not said whether or not they would support such a vote.

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