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

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats have been clear they will cooperate with Republicans if they agree to drop a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and instead work to improve it.

"Folks with health coverage cards but no care because they can't afford the deductible", Health Secretary Tom Price said on CNN, making the rounds this morning news shows to promote the Senate Republican plan.

"What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", Paul said.

Trump essentially confirmed that he previously denounced a House Republican health care as "mean", but said a Senate proposal on the floor is a better way to replace the existing Obamacare plan that he says is collapsing.

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill. Senator Orrin Hatch's staff responded to Sanders' tweet shortly after, dismissing the former presidential hopeful's criticism as partisan hyperbole.

"We've been disappointed that movement's not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this onerous law Obamacare", said Tim Phillips, who heads Americans for Prosperity, the largest of the Koch network's advocacy groups.

While discussing the Republican health bill during an interview on "Fox & Friends", Trump said it would be great if lawmakers from both parties could "come up something that everybody's happy with". She said she wants to see the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill, expected to be released Monday, before she makes up her mind.

"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.

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"I'm not saying just kill the bill", Kasich said. Charles Schumer of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA as "obstructionists". "And the fact of the matter is, the bill is part of the plan, and then the kinds of things that we're doing through the Department of Health and Human Services add on to that".

Senate leaders plan to vote Thursday on a measure that would end the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not, phase out federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy insurance, curb taxes on the wealthy and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in funding over the next several years for the government's healthcare program for the poor and disabled. A completely different coalition is available, but Republicans don't want to activate it because they are hellbent on repealing Obamacare. Why?

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

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it". "But I think they're going to get there", Trump said of Republican Senate leaders. And it would keep more of Obamacare's insurance regulations than the House legislation.

In Illinois, about 650,000 residents could lose Medicaid coverage under the Senate bill, and subsequent effects of state law, in 2021.

A White House official said the Trump has pushed his team to stay involved and plans to flex his negotiating muscle, the official said.

And that's where I think, given the extent of what the damage would be 10 years out, is what would happen - is we would have to reduce the amount of money we offer providers.

"Right now, we've got premiums going through the roof, deductibles are sky-rocketing. And that's the way we're going to reform health care in the 21st Century".

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