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GOP Senators Call for More Time to Debate, Change Health Care Bill

26 Juin 2017

Former President Barack Obama, whose signature legislation is the target of GOP repeal efforts, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that the Republican plan "is not a health care bill".

Trump sounded a different note in his weekly radio address Saturday, pledging anew to save Americans from rising health care costs he blames on the ACA.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who surprised her party when she made a decision to expand Medicaid four years ago, is urging Congress to save the expansion, which has provided coverage to 400,000 Arizonans.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the GOP health care plan Sunday from Republicans opposing the bill.

The CBO's analysis of the House bill, which is broadly similar to the Senate legislation announced last week, estimated that insurance markets serving about a sixth of the country would become unstable in coming years. Philosophically, Republican majorities in both chambers want to erase the central concept that the ACA established: that health care is a fundamental right, not a privilege depending on one's income. Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman had sought $45 billion over 10 years. Cruz or Sen. Paul about the direction the bill should be heading in, ' said Sen.

"What will be available are policies that don't cover a number of benefits that people are used to getting coverage for today", Blumberg said.

Kasich said he opposes the Senate bill and called on Republicans to change it.

Then he criticizes two prominent Democratic senators. The four are sticking together to get changes such as fewer government subsidies created to make health insurance more affordable.

'I speak from the heart, I want to see a bill with heart, ' he said. And the president called Massachusetts Sen.

'I actually think she is someone who has a lot of hatred, a lot of anger...

The Senate bill's real-world impact is not yet known, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to provide an estimate early next week. Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week" when asked whether the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump could get her support by week's end.

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen.

GOP senator: 'No way' health care bill should move forward
As no Democrat will side with the bill , Republicans will be able to accommodate the opposition of just two of their 52 senators. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party." "Health care is a very, very tough thing to get", Pres.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson also urged McConnell to slow down, telling NBC News's Chuck Todd that the Senate shouldn't be rushing to hold a vote before the outcome is assured.

"I only hope that Democrats in Congress will have the political courage to help fix what we know to be a catastrophic situation", Trump said. "There's no way we should be voting on this next week".

Heller will be under pressure to get in line with party leadership and the White House.

President Donald Trump will help lead talks to get the reluctant Republicans on board. McConnell, R-Ky., has little margin for error: Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, "no" votes by just three of the 52 GOP senators would sink the legislation.

Currently, the House and Senate replacement bills also focus more on the mechanics of providing health insurance than on reducing the nation's overall health-care spending.

SENATE: The legislation would maintain the popular Obamacare provision that young adults be allowed to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.

Collins says another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. Under the Senate's "shredding" reform, Medicaid's budget in 2021 will be $85 billion bigger than it is this year, and $209 billion (or 79%) bigger than it was in 2013.

Trump was interviewed by "Fox & Friends", while Collins, Schumer and Paul appeared on ABC's "This Week".

President Donald Trump says he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace what he's calling "the dead carcass of Obamacare". He said Friday he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped, final version of it.

Unless those holdouts can be swayed, their numbers are more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and deliver a bitter defeat for the president.

'And this has nothing to do with votes, forget about the votes, this has to do with picking a plan that everybody is going to like, I'd like to say love, but like.