July 23, 2017

Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

26 June 2017, 04:28 | Marion Schneider

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Dems slam new Senate health care bill as'meaner

President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and believes his majority party is "going to get there".

He also signalled that last-minute changes were coming to win enough support for passage. McConnell and other leaders, meanwhile, are trying to rally support for a vote on the bill this week, but may be short of the support necessary to pass it.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls "the level of hostility" that he says has stymied bipartisanship in Washington.

Tom Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services defended the Senate health care bill draft, telling CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that "the plan in its entirety will absolutely bring premiums down".

Sanders added: "There is no way on God's Earth that this bill should be passed this week". "Healthcare's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it".

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy". He is seeking to push a final package through the Senate before the July 4 recess.

The Senate health care measure drew immediate fire from centrist and conservative Republican senators and industry officials. "There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state that are peculiar to my state, a couple of things I'm concerned about", Cassidy said. But the Republican bill only makes this problem worse.

Collins says another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. But she said it will be "extremely difficult" for the White House to be able to find a narrow path to attract both conservatives and moderates.

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During the heated interview, ABC host George Stephanopoulos began by accusing the health care bill of cutting $800 billion in Medicaid funding, which veers from Trump's campaign promise to "Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts". It also would end tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance policies and on larger businesses that don't offer coverage to workers, while phasing out the extra money given to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to offer insurance to the working poor. Better Care would also limit government spending on the rest of the Medicaid program, giving states a set amount to spend per person rather than the insurance program's now open-ended funding commitment. The office's report on the House's health care bill, which is similar in many respects to the Senate measure, said if it became law, 51 million people would be uninsured by the year 2026 - meaning 23 million fewer people would have insurance coverage than if Obamacare remains the law of the land.

He acknowledged the bill has critics: "Some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes".

TRUMP: Well, I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it, but nobody wants to talk about that.

"I don't have the feedback from constituencies who will not have had enough time to review the Senate bill", Johnson said. "I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus". "Famous last words right?"

But he eventually got around to discussing veterans issues, saying he "always felt they weren't given a fair shake".

When the health care bill ultimately gets called up, Democrats and Republicans alike will have opportunities for firing off amendments in the free-for-all that is the vote-a-rama. "Their theme is resist".

Johnson's remarks came in a nationally televised interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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