How the Country Responded to the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act

June 23, 2017

On Thursday, June 22, the Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. We are tracking the reaction from current and former administrators and regulators from both sides of the aisle. Below is a snapshot of responses and tweets from Republican and Democratic representatives and other industry influencers from around the country.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (New York)

“President Trump called the House Republican health care repeal bill ‘mean’ and said that the senate version should ‘have heart.’ Senate Republicans have published their plan and it’s not just ‘mean,’ it’s meaner. It doesn’t ‘have heart.” It’s heartless.”

“Please don’t call this an open and fair process. If you want to rush it through, admit the consequences.”

Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)

.@RandPaul tells @FoxNews on #GOP #HealthcareBill " It doesn't even sound like ObamaCare-Lite, in some areas it may even be ObamaCare-Plus"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)










Sen. Dean Heller (Nevada)

“I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma

“I appreciate the work of the Senate as they continue to make progress fixing the crisis in healthcare that has resulted from Obamacare. Skyrocketing premiums, rising costs and fewer choices have caused too many Americans to drop their insurance coverage. Today, Obamacare is in a death spiral and millions of Americans are being negatively impacted as a result. They are trapped by mandates that force them to purchase insurance they don’t want and can’t afford.”

“The Senate proposal is built on putting patients first and in charge of their healthcare decisions, bringing down the cost of coverage and expanding choices. Congress must act now to achieve the President's goal to make sure all Americans have access to quality, affordable coverage.”

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt

Former President Barack Obama

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.


Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

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Senior VP, Kaiser Family Foundation Larry Levitt

“The Senate bill would likely keep the insurance market stable in the short-term, but the long-term is much more questionable.”

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