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Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

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

Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME said it would be "very difficult" for President Trump and GOP leaders to get her support this week for the Senate's health care bill.

During discussions of the health care bill released by Senate Republicans this week, several of the Sunday morning political talk shows failed to cover some of the detrimental consequences the bill could impose on millions of Americans, including premium increases for the elderly, cuts to essential health benefits, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. McConnell has wanted to hold the vote before the upcoming week-long July 4 recess, when party leaders worry that senators will face pressure to abandon the legislation. On Friday, a fifth GOP senator, Dean Heller of Nevada, said he does not support the bill.

"I want to see a bill with heart", he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House Republican leaders last month.

The lengthy proposal only came out last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to begin voting this week. In addition to slamming the bill's effects, which would shift costs to older and sicker Americans, Obama said, efforts to tweak the Senate bill would not "change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation". He said he feels "a sense of urgency" to push forward because the health care system is in "full meltdown mode".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said seven to eight additional senators including herself were troubled by provisions in the Senate bill that she believes could cut Medicaid for the poor even more than the House version.

"And honestly, nobody can be totally happy", Trump said.

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Cornyn made the comments Sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado. He says: "I would like to delay the thing".

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that's up to the majority leader", Collins said.

Collins, a moderate Republican who has not taken a formal stance on the bill, said she was concerned it would cut Medicaid too deeply and said she wants to see an upcoming analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before making a decision.

Jen McGowan, associate director of the Chicago chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said Medicaid cuts in the proposal would hurt the hundreds of thousands of people in IL who suffer from mental health or substance abuse problems, and are enrolled in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump said it was hard to weigh competing forces while drafting the bill, but that the bill revealed by the Senate this week was a good start.

"We have a very good plan", he said. He can win approval only if he limits Republican no votes to just two of the 52 GOP senators, since Democrats solidly oppose the bill.

"It's so easy. But we won't get one Democrat vote, not one".

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance". I knew then, as I know now, that as one of the most conservative Republican Senators, I would have to compromise with the least conservative Republican Senators to get something done.