Donald Trump says Congress not 'that far off' passing Obamacare replacement

Ebony Scott
June 26, 2017

Other Senate "moderates" seem to be angling for a slower phase-out of the expansion and a slightly more liberal cap.

Lawmakers are awaiting a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The bill would cut and redesign the Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people, and erase taxes on higher earners and the medical industry that helped pay for the roughly 20 million Americans covered by Obama's law.

The lengthy proposal only came out last week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to begin voting this week.

Johnson framed his call to delay the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act as a bid for transparency, arguing that it would give the public more time to see what the bill really entails.

The CBO said it would issue an assessment of the bill early this week.

The U.S. Senate worked behind closed doors to draft legislation that could change the future of health care in America.

In an effort to pass health care legislation, Sen.

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Progressive groups predicted IL will see hundreds of thousands people lose health insurance coverage if Congress approves the Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare.

Rand Paul, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson, said fundamental problems remained that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies. "I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates", he said.

House Republicans barely managed to muster enough votes with a series of last-minute amendments before the chamber passed a highly criticized Obamacare replacement plan last month.

Other Republicans appeared more willing to embrace it. Senator Bill Cassidy, who is still studying the proposal and has not yet decided how he will vote, said in several television interviews it was a good beginning. "I think we're going to get there", he said. He said he wouldn't vote for a bill that that "takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans", which is sort of the bread-and-butter of Republican health policy.

Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it".

President Trump on Sunday confirmed recent reports that he denounced the House health care bill as "mean" - and he wanted to make sure he got credit for it.

Passage would move President Donald Trump and the GOP closer to one of their marquee pledges - erasing Obama's 2010 statute.

Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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