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A key Republican senator has 'serious concerns' about the Senate's healthcare bill

26 June 2017, 01:06 | Marion Schneider

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", Collins told ABC's "This Week".

The President addressed reforms earlier in the week.

The holdouts are expressing willingness to negotiate, but many of them are pushing revisions that could risk alienating moderate Republicans in the process.

Though Johnson took a more agnostic approach to his criticism of his own party's bill, Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, was far more acerbic in his condemnation of the AHCA. "They are living healthier and happier lives because of that decision - I don' think that can be overstated enough".

McConnell, eager to approve the legislation next week, indicated he was open to changes before it reaches the Senate floor, but he said it was time to act.

President Donald Trump and White House officials made the Sunday talk show rounds looking to build support for the Senate Republican health care bill that has faced criticism from Democrats and several Republicans since it was unveiled last Thursday. The legislation would phase out federal funding for Medicaid expansion - now covering about 11 million people in 31 states - beginning in 2020, and shift more of those costs back to states.

But the Senate's healthcare legislation now does not have enough support to pass, according to The Hill's Whip List.

As he has multiple times since the ACA's passage in 2010, Obama conceded that the bill was less than flawless and vowed to support any Republican-backed bill that "is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost". In addition, the proposed changes to Medicaid financing for people who were newly covered under Obamacare and those in the standard Medicaid program are dramatic.

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"What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks", Price told CNN's Dana Bash.

Though the Senate GOP's bill repeals the individual mandate, the legislation maintains numerous ACA tax credits that have helped people buy insurance.

"It's not that they're opposed", he said.

But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced this health care bill as a Republican promise to repeal Obamacare - finally kept. "We're very confident that the Senate bill will get through", Conway said. And she said she also hopes to get governors to weigh in with their concerns.

At least five Republican senators have announced their opposition to the bill in its current form - enough to doom the legislation.

Paul said he could get to a yes, if the bill went farther to repeal ObamaCare rules that drive up premiums. He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting Iowans would not be losing Medicaid coverage even as the Senate GOP health care bill would phase out financing to expand the low-income insurance program.

And, if the Senate bill strips as many people's insurance as the House bill was projected to ― the CBO still has not yet scored the Senate bill, which was remained a secret up until this week ― it could mean a total of approximately 217,000 additional deaths over the next ten years.



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