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Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

26 Juin 2017

McConnell has said he's willing to make changes to win support, and in the week ahead, plenty of backroom bargaining is expected.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Brooklyn) will continue to fight the legislation which he has called "heartless".

"We have a very good plan", Trump said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Sunday. Two moderates - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - said they want to remove the bill's one-year halt in funding for Planned Parenthood.

President Donald Trump is waiting, eager to deliver on a campaign promise to repeal the law.

GOP Senator Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to overhaul Obamacare, as the party leader faces pushback from fellow Republicans days before the Senate may begin debate on the measure.

Meanwhile, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in modifying the health care legislation, has praised the GOP plan, calling it "an important step in our effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms".

"He's the leader, and the Republicans are supposed to be governing right now", said fellow Kentuckian GOP Rep. James Comer. "Health care's a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it".

"Honestly, nobody can be totally happy, even without the votes", Trump said.

"I am deeply concerned about the potential effects of a one-size-fits-all approach", he said. "They're not going to go down after the Republican bill".

As premium costs rise, more healthy people drop out, which causes costs to rise even further.

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The conservative quartet said they oppose the initial version, which will be subject to a slew of amendments during floor proceedings, for "a variety of reasons" but declared themselves "open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor".

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. That message was at odds with Trump's Rose Garden celebration after the bill cleared the House, when he told lawmakers it was a "great plan". 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.

"I don't see anything other than a reduction in the growth of spending", Johnson said.

Lie Three: The Senate bill is a "compromise".

The Senate measure resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans. The Senate bill would dramatically scale back federal support of Medicaid and phase out the money that the government has provided to expand eligibility for Medicaid in the states.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it "is not anywhere close to repeal" of the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats hope to use those rules to erase some language from the bill, including a section barring consumers from using the measure's health care tax credits to buy insurance that covers abortions.

"It's going to be very hard to get me to a yes", he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure. "We've got to fix the unmitigated disaster that is Obamacare". He celebrated the bill's narrow passage last month in a Rose Garden event with House Republican leaders. "We don't have too much of a choice, because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".

McConnell and the GOP leadership can only afford to lose two votes on the bill in order for it to pass.

"It would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it and come up with something that everybody's happy with", the United States president said. "There's no way we should be voting on this next week". And if it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn't get a vote and that's a bad thing.

Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms