'A Very Narrow Path' to Repeal Obama's Healthcare Law

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

"Right now I am undecided".

Despite substantial differences between the House's American Healthcare Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, The Hill's Scott Wong reported Thursday that a member of the House GOP conference close to the leadership said the Republican brass wanted to take up and pass whatever came out of the Senate.

"I don't know quite why the rush", he said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) plan to force a vote on the bill by the July 4 holiday. "I'm also an accountant", Johnson said on NBC's "Meet the Press". They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. Each state has expanded Medicaid and has a GOP senator. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. "We should not be voting on this next week".

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

Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid.

The Senate bill, which GOP leaders unveiled Thursday, looks an very bad lot like the bill that the House passed in May.

"We're pleasantly surprised with a lot of the support that's already come out and I think we'll continue to work through (it, ) in particular the four individuals who have expressed some ideas and concerns", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at a White House briefing.

On Twitter this weekend, Trump urged the dissenting Republican senators to get behind the bill.

Dick Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday characterized the GOP-led chamber's ObamaCare overhaul bill as a tax cut for the wealthy, not health care reform.

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Clinton is also not the only Democratic Party leader who has criticized the bill. "I might vote for 80 percent repeal", Paul told ABC's "This Week". He called Democrats "obstructionists" for not rallying around the measure, which was drafted behind closed doors by 13 Republican senators. McConnell has said he hopes to bring the measure up for a vote this week.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday", defended the bill, claiming it would help drive down insurance premiums and make private insurance more affordable for those low-income Americans who would no longer qualify for Medicaid.

McCain said Thursday he wanted to hear Ducey's opinion before deciding if he supports the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office issued a report in May saying by 2026, 28 million people would be uninsured under Obamacare and 51 million would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act, the bill House Republicans passed last month; that means 23 million fewer people would be insured, according to the CBO projection. The graphic purported to show the projected negative impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on young children. Fox asked him how he responds to Elizabeth Warren's claim that many people will die because of this bill.

The bishops praise some fundamental elements in the bill but point out that an acceptable health care system must provide access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life.

"It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she stepped down", Trump said. Seven or eight Republican senators have been meeting under the leadership of Rob Portman of OH to express concern about Medicaid, Collins added.

Trump helped House leaders corral votes, but his ability to move more difficult-to-influence senators is untested.

"It's hard for me to see the bill passing this week", she said on ABC's "This Week".

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