We're not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

"He said your bill is not a health care bill, it's a massive transfer of wealth, it's going to harm Americans, it's mean", Hegseth asked later. "We have a few people that are I think you could say modestly, they're not screaming from the rooftops, they want to get some points i think they'll get some points".

Trump said he thought Republicans in the US Senate were doing enough to push through the bill and criticised Democrats for their opposition. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is facing a daunting task. McConnell has said he hopes to bring the measure up for a vote this week.

But premiums for those buying insurance on the individual market under Obamacare, as opposed to those getting their insurance through their employer, have risen sharply and many Americans were not able to keep their same doctors or insurance plan as Obama had promised.

President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of stealing his terminology when Obama said last week that there was a "fundamental meanness" at the core of the Republican health care bill.

The legislation would phase out extra federal money that more than 30 states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low-income earners.

At least two GOP senators said Sunday that goal may prove too ambitious.

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But he contended that the alternative to changing USA healthcare policies is the collapse of the law commonly known as Obamacare. We're disappointed that the discussion draft turns its back on this simple solution, and goes with something far too familiar: "throwing money at the problem". "We could well be in all night a couple of nights".

Expressing frustration, he complained about "the level of hostility" in government and wondered why both parties can't work together on the Senate bill as GOP critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week. And McConnell has done little to woo the health care stakeholders who were assiduously courted by Obama from his first months in office as he fought for his legislation.

"I don't think we're that far off", Trump told Pete Hegseth of Fox and Friends. I don't see that leading it.

The Texas senator also downplayed criticism from fellow Republicans of a rushed process, saying consumers need relief from spiking premiums. "I call her Pocahontas and that's an insult to Pocahontas".

The Senate revision largely mirrors the House bill passed in early May with slashes to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood funding.

Sasse addressed health care at a private retreat for top donors to the libertarian Koch brothers' political network, which favors full repeal. Later in the interview, Cassidy - a physician - seemed to indicate he'd like to see Medicaid turned into block grants for the states, a position supported by many Republicans and denounced by Democrats and some Republican governors.

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