GOP Senators Lay Out Demands on Health Bill

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

I think they can improve outcomes.

Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress and as several Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception.

The Republican lawmaker says, "This is largely a Medicaid reform package".

Sasse addressed health care at a private retreat for top donors to the libertarian Koch brothers' political network, which favors full repeal. Mike Lee (R-Utah), was among those feted Saturday night at a reception with Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist who funds the conservative network. Five senators, including conservatives like Johnson and moderate U.S. Sen.

"What I'm telling you is that the system, the plan that we have, would put in place would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks", Price said. Elizabeth Warren "somebody that's just got a lot of hatred".

Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said he and his and colleagues are trying to block a health care plan that will hurt millions of Americans.

That's not sitting well with GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who said on NBC's Meet the Press, "I would like to delay the thing".

We could see a vote sometime this week. "So I've been leadership, the White House, anybody I can talk to for quite some time".

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Hegseth tried - twice - to get Trump to slam former President Obama's response to the Senate draft bill.

He told ABC's This Week that the Republicans have "at best, a 50-50 chance".

But Republicans only hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, with all Democrats expected to vote against the Republican proposal. The office's report on the House's health care bill, which is similar in many respects to the Senate measure, said if it became law, 51 million people would be uninsured by the year 2026 - meaning 23 million fewer people would have insurance coverage than if Obamacare remains the law of the land. Walker said he's spoken with McConnell and other Senate leaders and called on them to change the bill before holding a vote.

Concerns about the legislation are building from both sides of the Republican Party.

Collins said she disagreed with Conway's assertions about Medicaid cuts.

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

Donald Trump has admitted he called the proposed Republican healthcare bill "mean" while also attacking Democrats for opposing the controversial measure.

Collins said another seven to eight senators including herself remain troubled about the possible Medicaid cuts. Right now we've got premiums that are going through the roof. The Senate GOP unveiled its proposal Thursday.

Speaking on the release of the bill, which was kept under wraps until Thursday, Trump said: "It's going to be very good", adding: "A little negotiation, but it's going to be very good".

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